Memorial day reminder on American flag etiquette

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On Memorial Day its important to remember American flag etiquette and rules for respectfully displaying the flag, as dictated by the United States Flag Code.

In 1923, the National Flag Code was created as advisory rules for displaying the country’s star-spangled banner.

The USA flag site shares the following general guidelines with the public.

The flag should always been lit when flying.

The flag should only be flown in fair weather, unless it is specifically designed for use in inclement weather.

Also in regard to recent debate over some popular stores selling apparel featuring the flag upside down, CNN quoted the flag code and explained what that symbol actually means.

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The U.S. flag code allows the flag to fly with the union (the blue field of stars) down but only “as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

Additionally the flag etiquette site states, the flag code prohibits it from being used as part of a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

It goes on to say, “the flag 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.”

Although breaking the rules would be considered disrespectful, since the code is only considered advisory, there is no penalty for breaking the flag code.

For more information on the star-spangled banner, visit the USA Flag Site.

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