The American flag has a special place in the hearts of the nation’s veterans and active duty service members.
As the nation’s most iconic symbol of freedom, Old Glory is recognized around the world and here at home has its own special day – Flag Day, June 14 – in which it is honored.
Veterans of Foreign Wars offers the following tips on how to ensure The Stars and Stripes is being property displayed:
- When the American flag is being flown on the same staff as other flags, it should be at the peak above any other flag that is being flown.
- When grouped with other flags, the U.S. flag goes to its own right. Flags of other nations are flown at the same height.
- When being marched, the American flag is to the marcher's right and observer's left.
- When displayed with a speaker's platform, Old Glory must be above and behind the speaker and if mounted on a staff it should be on the speaker's right.
According to the VFW, the American flag should never be used as a decoration. Instead, use bunting with blue at the top, then white, then red.
The flag is customarily displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
To properly dispose of a flag when it has become tattered, it should be folded and placed in a fire that completely consumes it.
Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.
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