Tex. Gov't Code Section 3100.152
Conduct of Retirement Ceremony


A retirement ceremony for a state flag should be conducted with the honor and respect inherent in the traditions of this state.


During a retirement ceremony:


each citizen of this state who is present and not in uniform should:


stand at attention with the person’s right hand over the heart; and


if wearing a head covering that is easy to remove, remove the head covering with the person’s right hand and hold it at the person’s left shoulder, with the right hand over the heart;


each person who is present and in uniform should make the military salute at the appropriate time as designated by the ceremony;


each person who is present, not in uniform, and a member of the armed forces or a veteran may make the military salute at the appropriate time as designated by the ceremony; and


each person who is present but not a citizen of this state should stand at attention.


In a retirement ceremony in which the flag is to be burned or buried, the flag may be retired as a whole or the colors of the flag may be separated for individual dedication, with the separation taking place immediately before the retirement and dedication ceremony.


The official retirement ceremony for the state flag encouraged for public use is:
I am your Texas flag!
I was born January 25, 1839.
I am one of only two flags of an American state that has also served as the symbol of an independent nation--The Republic of Texas.
While you may honor me in retirement, the spirit I represent will never retire!
I represent the spirit of Texas--Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!
I represent the bravery of the Alamo and the Victory at San Jacinto.
My spirit rode with the Texas Rangers over the Forts Trail of the Big Country and herded cattle through the Fort Worth stockyards. I have sailed up Galveston Bay and kept a watchful eye over our El Paso del Norte.
My colors are in the waters of the Red River and in the Bluebonnets of the Texas Hill Country.
You’ll find my spirit at the Light House of Palo Duro and in the sands of Padre Island;
I am at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and atop the oil wells of West Texas.
From the expanse of the Big Bend to the Riverwalk of San Antone--all of Texas is my home!
I wave over the cotton and grain fields of the High Plains, and I am deep in the rich soil of the Rio Grande Valley.
I am proudly displayed under the Capitol Dome, and I fly high above the concrete canyons of downtown Dallas.
You’ll find my spirit in the East Texas piney woods and along the Grandeur of the Rio Grande.
I represent Texas--every Child, Woman, and Man!
The blue field in me stands for the valor of our ancestors in the battles for our country.
Let us retire the blue--Salute!
My white field stands for the purity in all our Texas hearts! It represents the honor that each of us should pay to our state each day.
Let us retire the white--Salute!
The red is for all of the men and women who have died in service of our state--whether as members of the armed services or as citizen Samaritans.
Let us retire the red--Salute!
My lone, independent star is recognized worldwide because it represents ALL of Texas and stands for our unity as one for God, State, and Country.
Let us retire the lone star--Salute!
Join in the pledge to the Texas flag:
“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 375 (S.B. 258), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 962 (S.B. 1968), Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2017.

Source: Section 3100.152 — Conduct of Retirement Ceremony, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.­3100.­htm#3100.­152 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

§ 3100.152’s source at texas​.gov