Proud Americans across the nation show their patriotism by displaying the American flag. It shows respect for our country and those in uniform who have defended it. A lot of people, myself included, didn’t really know there was an existing American Flag Code.
Here’s the American Flag Code in a nutshell:
The federal law known as the “Flag Code” is a guide for handling and displaying Old Glory. These are the code’s guidelines:
- It’s ok to display the flag around the clock, but you should illuminate it during the nighttime.
- Hoist it briskly and lower slowly and ceremoniously.
- Be sure to bring your flag in and out of rain or snow, unless it’s made of an all-weather material.
- If you would like to display a flag on your car or truck, affix it to the chassis or clamp it to the right front fender.
- The blue and white stars field known as “the union” should always be up: at the top of the flag if it’s on a staff or pole, uppermost and to the observer’s left if the flag is being displayed horizontally or vertically against a wall.
- Bunting is an acceptable patriotic display; arrange it with the blue portion at the top, the white in the middle and the red at the bottom.
- The flag should be kept from touching the ground, floor, water or anything beneath it.
- When a flag becomes worn and is in such a condition that it no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way. One way to do that is to give the flag to a local VFW for proper disposal.
Happy Fourth of July!
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