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Is your American flag looking a little threadbare as the Memorial Day weekend approaches? Art Van will take your old Stars and Stripes and give you a new one -- for free.

From Friday through Monday, the Warren-based retailer is offering a free flag exchange at all of its stores throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Just bring your old flag and Art Van will give you a new three-foot by five-foot flag.

 “The public has embraced the free flag exchange program and we are proud to continue the tradition as well as introduce it in our newest markets,” said Ron Boire, Art Van Furniture’s president and CEO in a press release.

This year marks Art Van's second flag exchange program. Last year, 4,000 flags were given away. The retailer plans to give away about 8,000 flags this year as it opens more stores across the Midwest. Last week, Art Van announced plans to open its seventh store in Missouri. 

The flag exchange will run from from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m  Monday.

Old flags will be disposed of respectfully in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

mfeighan@detroitnews.com

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