Memorial Day and the United States Flag

 

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On Memorial day, the United States of America’s flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. After the hour of noon the flag is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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The half-mast position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service for their country.

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The flag, raised by the living, symbolically means a promise to not let the memory of our service men and women’s sacrifice be in vain.

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The American Flag Code

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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.
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  • 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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When to Fly the American Flag at Half-Staff

flag 2With the Fourth of July around the corner you can’t help but think about Old Glory. Here are some interesting facts about when to fly the United States flag at half-staff.

The customary dates to fly the flag at half-staff are:

Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15th (unless that day is also Armed Forces Day) (sunrise to sunset)

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Memorial Day, last Monday in May (sunrise to noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset)

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Patriot Day, September 11th (sunrise to sunset)

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th (sunrise to sunset)

There are some exceptions to these customary dates, though, when the President of the United States directs that the flag be flown from the half-staff position upon the death of great individuals or current or former government officials, as a mark of respect to their memory.

For example: On 911, for all our fallen heroes.

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For flags that can’t be lowered such as those on many homes, a black ribbon or streamer can be attached to the top of the flag pole and is acceptable practice.

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In the early days of our country, no regulations existed for flying the flag at half-staff and, as a result, there were many conflicting policies.  But on March 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower issued a proclamation on the proper times.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Next week more on Old Glory.

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