I’ll suggest something I’ve got for a my flag: Retire it.
The Story: When I was in Kuwait during 9/11, my Congresswoman’s office sent my mother a flag to send to me (she works with their office quite a bit). I’ve made it my point to take this 3’x5’ flag everywhere I go, fly it as much as I can, and document it. So far, she’s flown over Iraq for SOUTHERN WATCH, reenlisted 14 guys to date, dropped bombs from a B-52 over Afghanistan, been unfolded in salute over Ground Zero in Manhattan, and has stood guard over Minot AFB and Al Udeid AB, Qatar, and other places. . .
The Point: Over time, I’ve had to take her to a seamstress to get fixed and cleaned, but I’ve always carried her with me. She’s the only thing that I still do carry from the beginning of my career . . . I also have a neighbor in his 80s, who flew P-38s in WWII. I swore to myself that should my colors become ‘unfit’, I’d get them repaired as best I could, and present 'em to Dave.
My point? If you can find a veteran that would be proud to have Ol’ Glory been so far as she has, present her to him/her. Get her fixed up and cleaned as best you can, and offer them for “retirement” to someone that can take care of them for posterity, and the honor of memories.
Just my plans, and my two cents.