The thousands of American flags bought and waved after the Sept. 11 attacks are starting to fray and fade, but veterans groups in Minnesota are proud to give Old Glory a proper funeral.
Roger Ball, vice commander for the American Legion of Minnesota, said his organization is happy to "retire" worn flags, something the organization has done for more than 60 years.
The phenomenon is national. A spokesman at the national American Legion headquarters in Indianapolis said flags are piling up for respectful disposal at Legion posts in greater numbers than in past years.
The increase can also be seen locally. "We must have 1,000," Ball said about the flag collection at the North St. Paul American Legion Post 39, his home post.
In Roseville, 500 to 600 U.S. flags have been folded in triangles, twirled around short wooden sticks and heaped in a tall, blue plastic barrel.
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