Katy Officers Collecting Worn-Out American Flags


July 4, 2019

Natalie Cook Clark

Katy residents who want to honor their well-loved, worn out flags can drop them off to be disposed of with dignity.

Precinct 5 Collecting Worn-Out American Flags

We fly American flags on national holidays to show our patriotic pride and to promote national spirit, but sometimes American flags can show their age and love.

"If your old stars and stripes have seen their better days, let us have them," says Constable Ted Heap.

Katy officers from Harris County Precinct 5 are collecting worn-out American flags for local boy scouts who will properly dispose of the flags through a ceremony.

"A lot of people have a flag that needs to be replaced and they want to be respectful, they know not to just throw them out but they don't know what to do," says Robert Henslee, media relations for Harris County Precinct 5.

According to the United States flag code title 4, chapter 1, section 8, “(k)The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Drop Off Information

Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office 17423 Katy Fwy., Houston 8 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday


Katyites can also hand over their flags to any Precint 5 officer on patrol.

Caring for Your Flag

  • Do not let it touch the ground

  • Do not wad up the flag, it should be folded in its customary manner

  • Do not store the flag where it can get dirty

Disposing of Your American Flag