City conducts retraining after American flag found in bag in back of pickup

Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 12:02 AM CST|Updated: May. 17, 2016 at 1:04 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - The city of Lubbock is taking action after someone noticed an American flag wadded up in the back of city pickup truck.

They posted a picture on social media, drawing the attention of Mayor Glen Robertson and many others.

Robertson asked for an investigation, calling the picture "unacceptable".

The city of Lubbock says the person responsible is a new employee here at the airport and that a meeting was called with all employees to refresh flag handling procedures.

The city takes worn flags to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on 114th Street or to the American Legion Post on 66th Street where they are folded, burned and buried according to proper procedure.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars retires hundreds of flags a year and tells us actually, many people don't know how flags should be handled and disposed of.

Nathan Baie is a leader in a local Boy Scout chapter. He says they also accept flags.

He agrees with the VFW that a lot of folks aren't aware of flag procedure.

"When they come to us, typically they're in a bag or a box or something like that and sometimes they come in folded, sometimes not but I think there's an education that some people just aren't aware of."

VFW says they use white gloves to fold they flags, they burn them folded and then bury the ashes.

Their instructions on flag etiquette can be found here.

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