PHOTO GALLERY: Flag disposal ceremony at Girls State

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  • The American flag, before the start of the flag disposal ceremony, Tuesday evening in the south quad. The correct way to dispose/retire an American flag is to lower it, fold it into triangles until the blue and stars are on top and then burn it.

  • Members of American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, grab the flag after lowering it, at the flag disposal ceremony, Tuesday evening in the south quad.

  • Members of American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, fold the flag after lowering it, during the flag disposal ceremony, Tuesday evening in the south quad.

  • Members of American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, bow their heads in silence, as a ceremonial prayer is said, during the flag disposal ceremony, Tuesday evening in the south quad.

  • Angie Golightly, the Americanism Chairwoman for American Legion Auxiliary Illinois, speaks to the crowd before lighting the ceremonial fire, at the flag disposal ceremony, Tuesday evening in the south quad.

  • The worn American flag burns until the only thing left of it is ashes, during the flag disposal ceremony, Tuesday evening in the south quad.

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