Thursday, June 14, 2007

13 Things Concerning the Display of the Flag

Today is Flag Day and to honor Old Glory I am presenting a few facts about flying the flag. Take a trip about the Internet and you will see various lists of flag facts and flag etiquette. The best place to go to make sure you are following the U.S. Flag Code is, of course, the U.S. Flag Code seen here.

1. The only people that can order flags on government buildings to be flown at half staff is the President or Governor of each state.

2. Burning a flag is considered to be the only dignified means of disposing of it once it is no longer serviceable or repairable.

3. If your flag is weather worn or otherwise dirty it is acceptable to wash or dry clean it.

4. If a flag touches the ground you do not have to destroy it. If it is dirty….have it cleaned.

5. The Flag Code does not prohibit any individual from having the flag draped across a coffin. The deceased does not have to be a veteran to have the flag draped on their coffin. The Union or blue field should be at the head and over the left shoulder.

6. When a coffin is draped with the flag it should be removed before the casket is lowered into the grave, and it should not be allowed to touch the ground.

7. When festoons, rosettes, or drapery is desired, bunting of red, white, and blue should be used, but never the flag.

8. Though it is not part of the flag code custom affords the flag a position of superior prominence as part of the audience, in a position of honor at the audience’s right.

9. When flags of other nations are displayed together they should be flown from separate staffs of the same height. They should also be the same size.

10. When the flag is displayed along with state or local flags the U.S. flag should be flown in middle and should be presented higher than the other flags.

11. When the national anthem is played and the flag is not displayed the audience should stand and face the music. If the flag is displayed the audience should stand and salute the flag.

12. When the flag is to be flown at half staff it should raised to full staff briskly and then lowered to half staff slowly. At the end of the day it should be raised again to full staff before finally lowering it to the ground. On Memorial Day the flag should be at half-staff until noon.

13. Typically the Flag is flown from sunrise to sunset. It it is to be flown twenty-four hours a day it should be be illuminated

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Perri Nelson said...

This is a great list...

My TT is also about Flag Day. Thirteen Things about The United States Flag, Flag Day (June 14), and Flag Week.

Regarding number 8, The flag code actually does specify where the flag should be placed.

"When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience."

U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7 (k)

Item 1 one your list was amended by a proclamation of President Eisenhower. "The heads of the several departments and agencies of the Government may direct that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on buildings, grounds, or naval vessels under their jurisdiction on occasions other than those specified herein which they consider proper, and that suitable military honors be rendered as appropriate."

Jenny said...

I did know about #12...that is really interesting! Thanks for sharing this list...

EHT said...

Thanks for visiting.

Perri, thanks for the additional info. There is so much detail with the flag code I feel it is a good idea to always look it up when flag questions arise.

Cinnamon Girl said...

Great list!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

When Lord Epa was in Boy Scouts he took part in a retiring of the colors ceremony. It was very touching.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating list. Coming from a country where we have no flag laws, it's always interesting to see how intricate yours are.

Anonymous said...

Great list. This should be a good reminder for everyone who don't know how to respect the flag. Students should also be well informed of the list for they are the next generation.

Anonymous said...

Nice list. It's an important list that every American needs to know, especially the children. Thanks for sharing the list.