PATRIOTIC WRITINGS

 

AMERICAN'S CREED D-DAY ORDER I AM THE FLAG I HAVE A DREAM
RED SKELTON - COMMENTARY ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

 

THE EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN FLAG
THE FIRST FLAG PRESENTED BY OUR AMERICAN MOTHER - BETSY ROSS!
CLICK IMAGE OF BETSY ROSS TO VIEW HER HISTORY PAGE
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
 

Flag Etiquette

 

Raising and Lowering

  • The American flag should be flown on a pole between the hours of sunrise and sunset. It should be raised quickly and lowered slowly each time. In cases where the flag is flown at half-mast (to honor a government leader who has died, or on Memorial Day, when it is flown at half-mast from sunrise until noon), it should first be raised to the top of the pole, then lowered to half-mast. Ideally, the flag should be saluted when it is raised and lowered (though obviously whoever is raising it can't salute at the same time). At no time should the flag be allowed to touch the ground, and it should never be displayed upside down (which is a symbol of distress).

Position of the Flag

  • When displayed with other flags, the U.S. flag should be of equal or larger size than the rest. No other flag may be placed higher than it, and it is always the first one raised and the last one lowered. Ideally, flags from states and smaller communities are flown slightly below it, though flags of other nations should each be flown on their own pole and at the same height as the American flag. When placed on a staff inside---such as an auditorium or at a podium---the flag should always be on the speaker's right and in a position of prominence. Other flags should be placed to the left.

Other Displays

  • When hung from a window, the flag should hang down completely, with no wrinkles or folds. When facing the window on the outside, the blue field should be in the upper left-hand corner. Flags hung over the middle of a street should have the blue field facing north on an east-west street and east on a north-south street. In cases where a flag is draped over a coffin, the blue field should be on the upper right-hand side (positioned over the left shoulder of the deceased). The flag shouldn't be lowered into the grave but rather folded and presented to the next of kin.

 

4 USC § 8 - Respect for the U.S. Flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(a)The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

(b)The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

(c)The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

(d)The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

(e)The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

(f)The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

(g)The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

(h)The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

(i)The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

(j)No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

(k)The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

 

4 USC § 9 - Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag

 

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.