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Woody and Nelsen Funeral Home Offers Free Flag Exchange For Memorial Day

Jeff Katz
May 25, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Bernie Henderson, CEO of Woody and Nelsen Funeral Homes, joins Jeff ahead of Memorial Day to talk about their free flag exchange program, why they do it and why disposing a flag properly is so important. 

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With Memorial Day and Flag Day coming up, and the Fourth of July just around the corner, Woody and Nelsen Funeral Homes are once again offering families the opportunity to exchange their old, torn or soiled American flag for a new 3’ by 5’ flag. In exchange, your retired flag will be given proper disposal in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

Bernie Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Nelsen and Woody Funeral Homes says the five Woody and Nelsen Funeral Home locations in the Richmond area are offering the free flag exchange as a service to the community.

“Many people are unaware or confused about the proper way to dispose of an old American Flag,” Henderson said. He referred to the Flag Code of the United States, which suggests that 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. Today nearly 90 years since the Flag Code was originally written there are localities that have laws prohibiting burning. Moreover, the fabrics used to make flags are now mostly synthetic fabrics and have the potential of giving off toxic fumes when burned.

“Disposing of a used American Flag in the proper way is not as easy as it sounds,” he said.

Last year, the Nelsen sponsored flag exchange resulted in over 600 used flags returned to Nelsen Funeral Home locations and exchanged for new flags. The returned flags were delivered to the Virginia War Memorial for proper disposal.

Henderson says you can stop by any of the Woody or Nelsen Funeral Home locations listed below to exchange your old flag for a new one. The old flags will then be delivered to the Virginia War Memorial who will have them disposed of in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

Woody Funeral Homes are located at:

· 1771 North Parham Road in Henrico County

· 1020 Huguenot Road in Midlothian

· 9271 Shady Grove Road in Mechanicsville

Nelsen Funeral Homes are located at:

· 4650 South Laburnum Avenue in Richmond

· 412 South Washington Hwy in Ashland

 “Our goal is to help Richmond area residents showcase their American spirit on Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July,” said Henderson. “Our deepest thanks and appreciation go out to those who serve and have fought in defense of our freedom.”