It’s Flag Day

Did you remember? Because I am sure the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave did not- and if he did- it just pissed him off.

For your listening pleasure- and because it was SO nice to find a teacher had taught this to her second graders! Sing along- you know you want to!

And because we all know some idiot that has no clue- use this to explain things!

Flag Etiquette

STANDARDS of RESPECTThe Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.

May she ever wave, oer the land of the FREE and the home of the brave!

And the Marine in this video did not have it quite right- there are FOUR verses! This is worth a listen! God Bless America! And Bless all our service members- remember- freedom is NEVER free!


7 Responses

  1. May she ever wave, oer the land of the FREE and the home of the brave!
    Amen, Mom. Amen.

    • Pamela- I echo your Amen! Freedom!

    • Saved the best for last- and if you have never been – I highly recommend you at least once attend the free concert put on every Fourth of July on the Esplanade in Boston by the Boston Pops. Great music, 250,000 or so people – the concert ends with two things- a patriotic sing-along and then- The Stars and Stripes Forever- after which there is the ABSOLUTE BEST fireworks display in the world!

  2. The USO is doing something to further stir our patriotism on July 4th. For a donation of $20 or more, they will send you an “Our troops know I have their back – July 4 2010” tee shirt.

    Thing is, today is the deadline for guaranteeing shirts arrive in time for July 4th. I just got the notice myself.

    Now on the Litany Of The American Flag. Thanks again PMM!

  3. I just wanted to point out that Ace Hardware also has an area for respectful flag disposal.

    • Wow- I did not know that- thanks for the info. For years we always kept an eye out for the Elks lodge ceremony- they do it every year in conjunction with the Scouts.

  4. Yes, the red, white, and blue flies here everyday.

    Great reminders on flag etiquette. It seems many people could benefit.

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