Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Features - June 14 - USA Flag Day

Today is Flag Day. It was officially started in 1885, when teacher BJ Cigrand arranged for his students to observe June 14 (108 years after the adoption of The Stars and Strips) as Flag Birthday, now Flag Day. The day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. It was not until August 3rd, 1949 that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Show your true colors by flying the American flag outside your home!  
Here are some tips to ensure that you fly the flag proudly and properly.

1. The U.S. flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness. Always hoist the U.S. flag briskly. Lower it ceremoniously.

2. The Union (stars) should always be in the upper left.

3. When flown at half staff: the U.S. flag should be first hoisted to the peak for a moment and then lowered to the half staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

4. It is generally not desirable to fly the flag outdoors when the weather is particularly  inclement because exposure to severe winds and rain may damage the flag or the pole on which it is displayed.

5. The U.S. flag should never be displayed with the union down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

6. The U.S. flag should never touch anything beneath it - ground, floor, water or merchandise.

7. The U.S. flag should never be carried horizontally, but it should always be aloft and free.

8. Always allow the U.S. flag to fall free - never use the U.S. flag as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery, festooned, or decoration in general. Instead, use blue, white, and red bunting. Always arrange the bunting with blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below.

9. The U.S. flag should never be fastened, displayed, used or stored in a manner which will permit it to be easily torn, soiled or damaged in any way.

10. Never use the U.S. flag as a covering or drape for a ceiling.

11. When the U.S. flag is in such condition that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning, privately.

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