With Independence Day, July 4th, coming up quickly we thought it might be a good time to review flag etiquette (even though Flag Day was this month).
The American flag has great meaning to most of us. We pledge our allegiance standing with hand over heart, wave it at parades on national holidays, and feel hurt or anger when we see someone desecrate our flag.
To ensure this beloved symbol of our nation is always treated with respect, here are some tips on flag etiquette:
- Never use the flag as part of a costume or athletic uniform
- The flag should never touch the ground
- To store a flag, it should be folded neatly and in a ceremonious fashion
- The flag should only be flown in fair weather
- The flag should be in light at all times, either sunlight or a spotlight at night
- Clean and mend your flag as needed – it should always be kept in good condition
- When a flag reaches the end of its service, it should be burned in a respectful and ceremonious manner.
We hope these rules for flying and maintaining your American flag are helpful. For additional information, you can visit this informative website.
Whether or not you know the appropriate regulations, remember to always treat the flag with utmost respect.