Flag Retirement Honoring Our Veterans with Cremation


Lake Shore Funeral Home is collecting worn, tattered or torn American flags and will use its facilities to provide a respectful retirement tribute.

In anticipation of the grand opening of its onsite state of the art Cremation Tribute Center and Crematory in January, Lake Shore Funeral Home is starting this dignified campaign effective immediately. “The ‘Retire Your Flag Program’ allows us to not only dispose of the American flag in the proper way, but to also honor our veterans,” said Brent H. Shehorn, Owner and Director In Charge at Lake Shore Funeral Home & Crematory. “If a family wishes, we will use one of the aged retired flags collected to be cremated alongside a veteran. I think of it as the U.S. flag’s last duty to pay honor to a deserving veteran.” Upon receipt of the cremated remains of their veteran, the family will receive a certificate stating the last deed of service for that flag, which was to drape their veteran during the cremation disposition process.

The United States Flag Code states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

A veteran stated: “The flag, the symbol of our country, should not be desecrated in any way. It should be disposed of with respect and dignity, preferably by incineration. We applaud Lake Shore’s effort and any organization that strives to honor our flag in this manner.”

Lake Shore has placed area drop boxes around Waco, including its location, 5201 Steinbeck Bend.

Flag Etiquette

The flag…

…should never be in the dark

…should not be used for any decoration in general

…should never be used for any advertising purpose

…should not be used as part of a costume, except

…as part of military, fireman, policeman uniforms

…should never have any mark, insignia, letter,

…word, number, etc. placed or attached onto it

…should never touch the ground when lowered

…and received into waiting hands and arms

…should be folded appropriately when stored

…when a flag is no longer fit to serve, it should be

…destroyed by burning in a dignified manner

This commemorative measure honors those Americans who have served to promote peace for fellow countrymen living under the high flying flag… in the land they love… the home of the free and the brave. Lake Shore Funeral Home is proud to the first in our area to offer such a dignified tribute to both the Flag and a deserving veteran.