Flag Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

McMahonflags on fenceFlag Day is celebrated on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777.

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In honor of Old Glory, here are a few flag Do’s and Don’ts:

When displaying the flag, DO the following:

  • Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset. 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 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 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 saluting the flag DO the following:
    • Members of the armed forces, police, fire, and veterans should render the military salute.
    • All other persons should face the flag and stand 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.

Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don’ts:

  • 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.


Source: military.com 

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