Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tabula Rosa Systems Blog For 7/4/15 - Happy Fourth Of July! - US Flag Etiquette

Posted by 
Nick Bert  in Ramblings from
Thursday, July 2. 2015

With Independence Day Saturday, here’s a short course on U.S. Flag etiquette. Please have a safe and happy holiday.

Few of us know how to display an American flag properly; even fewer are aware of all the details of flag etiquette. It can get complicated, so we went to the source – the U.S. Flag Code – to find out the right way to handle Old Glory...

Many Americans think we are displaying our patriotic pride by wearing a U.S. flag on our sleeves, chests or elsewhere.

But the U.S. Flag Code prohibits wearing Old Glory on an article of clothing or printing its image on anything disposable, such as paper plates, napkins and
other picnic decorations.

Every day, many people violate Section 8d of United States Code Title 4, Chapter 1. Read on to learn the proper handling of the American flag…

When to Fly the U.S. Flag

Some people like to display flags 24 hours a day, year-round, but they may not be doing it right. Flag etiquette requires that a U.S. flag be properly illuminated at night and taken down during foul weather, unless it is made from all-weather material.

The American flag can be flown every day, but the government has designated certain days when flying it is especially important.

The U.S. Flag Code recommends that the flag fly from sunrise to sunset on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot’s Day, Constitution Day, Columbus Day, Navy Day Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

More Flag Etiquette Tips

Here are more basic flag etiquette guidelines:
• An upside down flag is a distress signal.

• The flag of the United States should never be dipped to any person or thing.

• No flag should be torn, soiled or damaged in any way.

• No marks such as logos, insignias, letters, words, designs, or figures should be attached to the flag.

• The flag should never be used to carry or hold anything.

• Never use the United States flag for advertising. Its image should not appear on boxes, paper napkins, plates or anything made to be discarded.

• Do not use the flag for clothing or as a costume.

• The U.S. flag, when displayed with flags of other nations, should always be hoisted first and taken down last.

• Multiple flags of various nations should always fly at the same level during peacetime.

You can find out more about U.S. Flag etiquette, such as properly displaying it with other flags and at homes and businesses, flying it at half-mast, and proper disposal at various sites on the Internet. The information above came from

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