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How To Fly The American Symbolic Flag Learning the correct way on how to fly the American flag. It comes with a number of rules for proper display using the correct protocol. For example, it cannot b
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National Flag Day is June 14

posted at 6/12/2011 12:28 AM EDT
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How To Fly The American Symbolic Flag

Learning the correct way on how to fly the American flag. It comes with a number of rules for proper display using the correct protocol. For example, it cannot be raised at night, unless it is lighted.

How To Fly The American FlagThere is also the rule of positioning so that the union, the blue rectangle with the stars, is always facing up. For example, on an east-west street, the union should be placed in the northeast corner. Display the American flag in the same way in a window, with the union on the upper left as viewed from the front.

Then secure the union at the peak of a flagpole when the U.S. flag is displayed at an angle, such as when hung from a window sill or from the front of a building.

When there’s a funeral, the flag should drape over the casket as if the union were covering the person’s left shoulder. When displaying it on a vehicle, the correct way is to attach it to the right fender or to the right front of the body when flying it from the automobile.

Place the U.S. flag in a prominent position, closer to the audience and on the speaker’s right, when displaying it with another flag on a podium such as in a church or an auditorium.

Fly the U.S. flag with a state, city or other local flag by raising the American flag first. Secure it to the peak of the pole and display the second one beneath.

Re: National Flag Day is June 14

posted at 6/12/2011 6:37 AM EDT
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Wonderful tips. A lot of people do not know "flag etiquette."

Re: National Flag Day is June 14

posted at 6/12/2011 7:47 AM EDT
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  I went out and purched a new flag for the holiday thats coming up.

Re: National Flag Day is June 14

posted at 6/12/2011 8:00 AM EDT
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Thanks for sharing.

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posted at 6/12/2011 8:12 AM EDT
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Thank you for the flag flying rules.  This info is good to know.  Happy Flag Day everyone and Happy Birthday cousin Nancy.

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posted at 6/12/2011 8:59 AM EDT
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Thank you Maxine!!  We are a military family and have STRICT rules about flag hanging!!  Ours flies proudly every day conditions permitting of course!!

Re: National Flag Day is June 14

posted at 6/12/2011 10:03 AM EDT
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Thanks for the reminder.  I will make sure I put mine out.

Did you know that there are rules for getting rid of old flags as well?  They shouldn't be thrown out.  Around here, the Boy Scouts
usually have a flag ceremony to properly dispose of old flags.

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posted at 6/12/2011 10:42 AM EDT
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Good information to have - thanks for sharing!

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posted at 6/12/2011 11:36 AM EDT
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The "FLAG CODE"

Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag. It was on this date that the National Flag Code was adopted by the National Flag Conference which was attended by representatives of the Army and Navy which had evolved their own procedures, and some 66 other national groups. This purpose of providing guidance based on the Army and Navy procedures relating to display and associated questions about the U. S. Flag was adopted by all organizations in attendance.

A few minor changes were made a year later during the Flag Day 1924 Conference, It was not until June 22, 1942 that Congress passed a joint resolution which was amended on December 22, 1942 to become Public Law 829; Chapter 806, 77th Congress, 2nd session. Exact rules for use and display of the flag (36 U.S.C. 173-178) as well as associated sections (36 U.S.C. 171) Conduct during Playing of the National Anthem, (36 U.S.C. 172) the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and Manner of Delivery were included.

This code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. It does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. That is left to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia. Each state has its own flag law.

Criminal penalties for certain acts of desecration to the flag were contained in Title 18 of the United States Code prior to 1989. The Supreme Court decision in Texas v. Johnson; June 21, 1989, held the statute unconstitutional. This statute was amended when the Flag Protection Act of 1989 (Oct. 28, 1989) imposed a fine and/or up to I year in prison for knowingly mutilating, defacing, physically defiling, maintaining on the floor or trampling upon any flag of the United States. The Flag Protection Act of 1989 was struck down by the Supreme Court decision, United States vs. Eichman, decided on June 11, 1990.

While the Code empowers the President of the United States to alter, modify, repeal or prescribe additional rules regarding the Flag, no federal agency has the authority to issue 'official' rulings legally binding on civilians or civilian groups. Consequently, different interpretations of various provisions of the Code may continue to be made. The Flag Code may be fairly tested: 'No disrespect should be shown to the Flag of the United States of America.' Therefore, actions not specifically included in the Code may be deemed acceptable as long as proper respect is shown.

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posted at 6/12/2011 12:36 PM EDT
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Our flag is ready to fly on Tuesday, in support of our son in the Navy, all the troops past and present, and our wonderful country.

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posted at 6/13/2011 7:29 AM EDT
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Brings back ancient memories of my Girl Scout days!

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posted at 6/13/2011 7:56 PM EDT
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I like to keep a flag out year round.  But the winds have been a bit rough at times.  Tomorrow should be a great day in Virginia for flag flying!  Good temperatures & not any bad weather predicted (so far).

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posted at 6/14/2011 1:14 AM EDT
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 On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. The crowning achievement of his life came at age fifty when President Wilson, on May 30, 1916, issued a proclamation calling for a nation wide observance of Flag Day. Then in 1949, President Truman signed an Act Of Congress designating the 14th day of June every year as National Flag Day. On June 14th, 2004, the 108th U.S. Congress voted unanimously on H.R. 662 that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.

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posted at 6/14/2011 6:41 AM EDT
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Happy Flag Day everyone!!!  Fly it proudly!! Laughing

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posted at 6/14/2011 3:37 PM EDT
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I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

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posted at 6/14/2011 6:13 PM EDT
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Good to know.

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posted at 6/14/2011 8:13 PM EDT
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Thanks for posting all the rules Maxine.  And thanks also for the reminders.

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posted at 6/14/2011 8:39 PM EDT
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This has been very informative!  Thanks!

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posted at 6/15/2011 12:27 AM EDT
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You are welcome.

Re: National Flag Day is June 14

posted at 6/15/2011 2:11 AM EDT
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We fly our flag everyday!  Thanks for all the rules on the American Flag, Maxine!
We go thru about 3 flags a year.  When the flag gets sun faded or the mail lady
hits our flag with her truck we take the flag to the VFW.  They will dispose of it
in the proper way!  Happy Flag Day!
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