Worn and tattered American flags should not be just thrown away, but should be honored by being properly and respectfully disposed in an official manner in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code. The Big Island Retired Military Assn (BIRMA) will have a “Faded Glory” flag retirement ceremony on August 23. Anyone with old, unusable flags may bring them to the Toyota dealerships in Kona or Hilo by August 18. For more information, call 935-1946.