June 14 is Flag Day. Do you know proper etiquette for handling the American flag?
Do you know how to properly handle the American flag? On Flag Day, here are some tips on what to do (and not do), from military.com.
When displaying the flag:
• Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. When a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
• When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the U.S. flag above all other flags.
When saluting the flag:
• All persons present in uniform (military, police, fire, etc.) 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.
When stowing or disposing of the flag:
• Fold in the traditional triangle for stowage, never wadded up.
• The VFW offers the following instructions for properly disposing of a worn flag: The flag should be folded in its customary manner. It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag. Place the flag on the fire. The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection. After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should be safely extinguished and the ashes buried. Make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.
Quick list of flag etiquette don’ts:
• Don’t dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag or vessel.
• Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
• Don’t fly flag upside-down unless there is an emergency.
• Don’t carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
• Don’t use the flag as clothing.
• Don’t draw on or otherwise mark the flag.
• Don’t use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.