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News It’s Flag Day Here In The United States Of America


The American flag has many nicknames, including “old glory,” “star-spangled banner,” “red, white and blue,” and “stars and stripes.”

Just for review, here are some FLAG ETIQUETTE DOS:

  • According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the flag can be displayed at all times so long as it’s illuminated when it’s dark outside.
  • It can be displayed often, but especially on national and state holidays and during special occasions.
  • It should be displayed on or near the main building of public institutions, schools during school days, and polling places on election days.
  • The flag should be “hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.”
  • The flag should be carried either on the marching right (the flag’s right) or to the front and center of the flag line.
  • When the flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be “flat or suspended so that its folds fall free.”
  • When flags of states, cities, or organizations are flown on the same staff, the U.S. flag must be at the top.

… and here are some FLAG ETIQUETTE DONTS:

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that people should not use the flag as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • Don’t affix anything to the flag or mark it with any type of insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing.
  • Don’t use it as part of a costume or athletic uniform. A flag patch is OK to use on the uniforms for military personnel, firemen and policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.
  • Don’t use it for any type of advertising — including printing on anything intended to be discarded like handkerchiefs, napkins, or boxes.
  • Don’t turn the flag upside down — the flag is only turned upside down as a distress signal.
  • Don’t use it to drape or cover anything.
  • Don’t display the flag during rain, snow, and wind storms.

Have a great day — from your friends and neighbors at SKT!