Flag Day - June 14th -Do's and Don'ts with the US Flag!

 

The following is a list of do’s and don’ts associated with Old Glory, the U.S. Flag.

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When displaying the flag, DO the following:
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Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. When a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the U.S. Flag above all other flags.

When flags are displayed in a row, the U.S. flag goes to the observer’s left. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. State and local flags are traditionally flown lower.

When used during a marching ceremony or parade with other flags, the U.S. Flag will be to the observer’s left.

On special days, the flag may be flown at half-staff. On Memorial Day it is flown at half-staff until noon and then raised.

When flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.

When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union (blue field of stars) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

When placed on a Podium the flag should be placed on the speaker’s right or the staging area. Other flags should be placed to the left.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall (or other flat surface), the union (blue field of stars) should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.

When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way -- with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

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When saluting the flag DO the following:
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All persons present in uniform (military, police, fire, etc.) should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.

All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

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When stowing or disposing of the flag, DO the following:
Fold in the traditional triangle for stowage, never wadded up.
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The VFW offers the following instructions for properly disposing of a worn flag:
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-The flag should be folded in its customary manner.

-It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.

-Place the flag on the fire.

-The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.

-After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.

-Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.

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Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don’ts:
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Don’t dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.
Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
Don’t fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
Don’t carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
Don’t use the flag as clothing.
Don’t store the flag where it can get dirty.
Don’t use it as a cover.
Don’t fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.
Don’t draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.
Don’t use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.

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Maybe

I am wrong, but I believe that the NATIONAL flag of a country is always supposed to higher in placement than any other countries flag.

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This is from Farmers

This is from Farmers Almanac, but Google is full of references for US Flag Etiquette.

Displaying the American Flag Alongside Other Flags:
In the United States, no other flag should be placed above the American flag or, if they are to be placed on the same level, to the right of the American flag.
The United Nations flag may not be displayed above or in a position of superior prominence to the United States flag except at United Nations Headquarters.
The flag, when displayed with another against a wall—both from crossed staffs—should be on the right (the flag’s own right), and its staff should be in front of the other staff.
The American flag should be at the center and the highest point when displayed with a group of state flags.
When flags of states, cities, etc., are flown on the same halyard, the American flag should be at the peak.
When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the American flag should be hoisted first and lowered last.

All the references agree that All Nations flags should be displayed separately and at equal heights. Only the UN Flag, at UN Headquarters, may be flown above the US Flag.

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

I see a lot of flags on

I see a lot of flags on poles unlit all night, even in front of government buildings. I don't think many of these flag rules or laws are enforceable.

No they aren't However,

No they aren't However, there's noting wrong with going inside and educating them.

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pajamas

How should it be worn on a pajama?, I know a marine sergeant that I used to be friend with always posting his picture wearing the pajama flag in Facebook

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Not correct

Melaqueman wrote:

I am wrong, but I believe that the NATIONAL flag of a country is always supposed to higher in placement than any other countries flag.

No countries flag should be placed above another. I remember back during the Iraq war, when someone who didn't know better, placed the US flag above the Iraqi flag. As soon as it was noticed by someone who did know better the US flag was taken down and displayed correctly. If you fly another flag above another's, it is a sign that the nation has been conquered. The only flag authorized to fly above the US flag is the UN flag or a church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea. I was a Military Police officer during my time in the Army and we were required to know all of this useful information.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

Being a Marine, He should know better

flaco wrote:

How should it be worn on a pajama?, I know a marine sergeant that I used to be friend with always posting his picture wearing the pajama flag in Facebook

He may think he's being patriotic by wearing it on his pj's, but the Flag Code says it's disrespectful.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

I should be ashamed. I

I should be ashamed. I didn't know half of this. Thank you!

Thanks for the refresher ...

Most of this is quite familiar, but one piece of flag etiquette that I have always been a little unsure of is "How should a US citizen treat the presentation of a foreign flag on foreign territory? Specifically, if you are at a ceremony in a foreign country and the equivalent of the Pledge of Allegiance is rendered, do you just stand respectfully???

CC

I didn't know most of this either.

Thanks for the information.

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damn foreigners :)

CookieCutter wrote:

Most of this is quite familiar, but one piece of flag etiquette that I have always been a little unsure of is "How should a US citizen treat the presentation of a foreign flag on foreign territory? Specifically, if you are at a ceremony in a foreign country and the equivalent of the Pledge of Allegiance is rendered, do you just stand respectfully???

CC

Yep, stand respectfully.
as we hope a visitor would in our home
flag etiquette is very similar worldwide,

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If only ..

Like at sports arenas

almostbob wrote:
CookieCutter wrote:

Most of this is quite familiar, but one piece of flag etiquette that I have always been a little unsure of is "How should a US citizen treat the presentation of a foreign flag on foreign territory? Specifically, if you are at a ceremony in a foreign country and the equivalent of the Pledge of Allegiance is rendered, do you just stand respectfully???

CC

Yep, stand respectfully.
as we hope a visitor would in our home
flag etiquette is very similar worldwide,

You're not expected to know or recite the Canadian national anthem when they visit your team and you're there. Stand out of respect and hope they do the same when our anthem is played. Too bad most Americans at these venues don't even do that any longer. (and I'm not even talking about taking a knee...)

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