Your letters: A primer for displaying the flag

July 4, 2014 

Here’s how to treat U.S. Flag

We know there can be confusion and questions about how to properly display and wear the U.S. Flag, especially around the Fourth of July, when many people want to display the flag. Here is what the flag code says about using the flag properly.

•  We should never let the flag touch anything, including the ground or floor. If it does accidentally touch something, we continue and try not to let it happen again. It is an old wife’s tale that we should burn it. The U.S. Flag is burned only when it is no longer suitable for display and then in a ceremony.

•  The flag should never be worn as apparel, bedding or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

•  No part of the flag should be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

•  The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything.

•  It should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

•  The flag should never be draped over the hood, top or sides of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat.

•  A flag pin should always be worn near the heart of the individual.

•  The flag should never be used to decorate with – one flag represents everyone in a room.

•  The small flags are referred to as “student flags,” the larger flags are “grave flags,” and a flag as large as three feet by five feet should be flown on a pole.

We need to remember today that a lot of our wearing apparel and decorations are made in foreign countries that possibly do not know that we have a code for displaying the U.S. Flag.

Helen Smith


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