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    Thumbs up Old Glory: America's Flag & How to Fly It

    Just some good info as we are coming up on the fourth of July.




    Old Glory: America's Flag & How to Fly It
    By Roy Berendsohn

    "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing."
    -Section 176, Respect for the flag, U.S. Code, Title 36
    Whether you call it Old Glory or the Stars and Stripes, the flag of the United States is indeed grand and old. Its shape and general configuration were adopted by Congress on June 14, 1777, a day that is now known as Flag Day. Even in this age of hair-trigger political sensibilities, it's fair to say that our flag is still regarded with a high degree of respect and affection. And although it's unlikely that anybody will raise a fuss about how you fly the flag, its display and even your conduct regarding it is codified in national law. If you want to read the specifics, see U.S. Code, Title 36, Patriotic Societies and Observances, Chapter 10, Patriotic Customs. You can read this and other U.S. Codes at the outstanding Web site posted by the Cornell University School of Law (www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/).

    So if you're flying the flag this Independence Day--rather, if you're displaying it, that's the proper term--it couldn't hurt to display by the rules. Here, then, follows a brief summary of the U.S. Flag Code.

    Flag Holidays

    Independence Day is a flag holiday--one of 17 days specifically designated in the code on which citizens are encouraged to display the flag, if they're not in the habit of doing so daily.

    Flag holidays are as follows:

    1. New Year's Day - Jan. 1

    2. Inauguration Day - Jan. 20

    3. Lincoln's Birthday - Feb. 12

    4. Washington's Birthday - third Monday in February

    5. Easter Sunday - (variable)

    6. Mother's Day - second Sunday in May

    7. Armed Forces Day - third Saturday in May

    8. Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) - last Monday in May

    9. Flag Day - June 14

    10. Independence Day - July 4

    11. Labor Day - first Monday in September

    12. Constitution Day - Sept. 17

    13. Columbus Day - second Monday in October

    14. Navy Day - Oct. 27

    15. Veterans Day - Nov. 11

    16. Thanksgiving Day - fourth Thursday in November

    17. Christmas Day - Dec. 25

    The code also urges citizens to display the flag on additional days that are proclaimed by the president of the United States, on days that commemorate the date in which their state was admitted to the union and on specific state holidays.

    Manner of Display

    The flag should be hoisted briskly at dawn and lowered ceremoniously at dusk. The flag should be displayed at night only if it is lighted dramatically, as from below. To fly the flag at half-staff, raise it briskly to the top of the pole, keep it there for a moment and then lower it to half-staff. Before taking the flag down for the day, return it briefly to the top of the pole.
    The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is used.
    When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle, the union (the blue rectangle on which stars are embroidered or fastened) should be at the staff's peak, unless the flag is being flown at half-staff.
    When displayed horizontally against a wall the union should be to the left of the observer, looking from the street or in the audience. The same holds when a flag is displayed horizontally in a window. When the flag is displayed vertically against a wall, the union is also to the observer's left. Likewise, when a flag is hung vertically in a window.
    When displayed directly over a street, the flag is hung vertically, and it is centered in the street with the union aligned with the north or east. In a north/south street, this means the flag is hung across the street with the union on the east side of the street. Conversely, on an east/west street, the union is on the north side of the street.
    For visual reference on all of this, visit the American Legion Web site (www.legion.org).
    Prohibitions

    Never use the flag for advertising purposes, as drapery, linens or as clothing, or print it on items soon to be discarded--napkins and paper plates, for example. It should not be used as part of a uniform--athletic or otherwise, unless you are a member of the military, a patriotic organization, police force, fire department or rescue/ambulance squad.
    Never attach a flag directly to a vehicle or drape it over a vehicle. Instead, the flag should be attached to a staff secured to a vehicle's chassis or to the right front fender. The flag should be displayed on floats in a similar manner. When bunting is used for patriotic display instead of a flag, the colors are arranged from top to bottom: blue, white and red.
    Never display the flag in a manner in which it is easily damaged or with it touching the ground.
    Never display the flag upside down--as this is a distress signal.
    In Patriotic Observance

    In unabashedly old-fashioned and refreshingly blunt language the code calls on all those present to recognize the flag when it passes as part of a holiday parade:

    Stand.
    Place your right hand over your heart. And in particular, the code says: "Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart." Military personnel in uniform should "render the military salute."
    Flowers and Other Patriotic Facts

    Suppose you were to give someone flowers, and you wanted to be patriotic about it. Which flower should you choose? The rose is designated as the National Floral Emblem. Although no color is specified in the code, our choice would be a dark red type, such as the hybrid tea rose, Mr. Lincoln.

    If you were to utter our national motto, what would you say? It would be, "In God we trust."

    And if the heat weren't too great, and you were roused to march, what tune should you march to? The National March is "Stars And Stripes Forever," by John Philip Sousa.

    Have a great holiday and be safe out there.
    We are the thin blue line
    between you
    and all the money in the world.

    And no you can't have any.

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    Phah...I fly my flag all the time. It has a light on it at night so its illuminated and when it gets stormy, I take it down.

    I have it above my yellow Dont Tread On Me Flag

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    Quote Originally Posted by armygrnt502
    Phah...I fly my flag all the time. It has a light on it at night so its illuminated and when it gets stormy, I take it down.

    I have it above my yellow Dont Tread On Me Flag

    HOO - RAH!

    We are the thin blue line
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    The 4th of July is important to me too! It's the date I retired, after 30 years.
    To be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.



    I've Talked the Talk and I've Walked the Walk, now I Sit the Sit!

    It's not until you look at an Ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day, that you realise just how often they burst into flames for no reason!

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    I hate when I see flags still up after dark. Just a pet peeve of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan 42
    The 4th of July is important to me too! It's the date I retired, after 30 years.
    Close enough for government work.

    Happy anniversary!

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    And no you can't have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily
    I hate when I see flags still up after dark. Just a pet peeve of mine.
    With lights on them it's ok.

    We have that here at the US Federal Reserve here in Richmond.

    We are the thin blue line
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    And no you can't have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1sgkelly
    With lights on them it's ok.

    We have that here at the US Federal Reserve here in Richmond.

    With the lights shining up at it, yeah, that's what I meant... ooops

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily
    With the lights shining up at it, yeah, that's what I meant... ooops
    Yeah what she said.

    We are the thin blue line
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    and all the money in the world.

    And no you can't have any.

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    good post.........some people definitley need to know the proper way to fly flag!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aj261
    good post.........some people definitley need to know the proper way to fly flag!!!!!
    Thank you, sir.

    We are the thin blue line
    between you
    and all the money in the world.

    And no you can't have any.

 

 

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