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The ability to burn the flagThe ability to burn the flag (as a protest) is the Free Speech right you have as a citizen of this country. It's odd and doesn't sit well with some of our populace but, it is a right to free speech. Please know when a flag becomes tattered/frayed/discolored and so forth it should no longer be displayed/flown. The correct term is 'to retire the flag' NOT 'burn it'. Boy Scout troops in your area will be glad to perform the ceremony (it's actually quite moving).