Saturday, June 14, 2014

Stars and Stripes--Celebrating Flag Day

Today, June 14, is Flag Day--the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and designated as a holiday in 1949 by President Harry Truman.

If you haven't already, fly your flag high today. Let everyone know you're proud to be an American.

We bring out our American flag every spring when all signs of winter are over. We display it 24/7 from a bracket on our front porch post as a testimony and reminder of living in the greatest country there is.

Here are a few tips for caring for your flag, proper display, and what not to do:

The flag may be laundered or dry cleaned as appropriate for the fabric. Faded or ripped flags should be replaced.

The U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Sec. 8(d) states, "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery."

Care and Respect
The U.S. flag should always be treated with the utmost care and respect. Remember, the flag represents a living country and, as such, is considered a living symbol.

Always display the flag with the blue union field up--never display the flag upside down, except as a signal of extreme distress.

Always carry the flag aloft and free--never carry it flat or horizontally in processions or parades. The exception to this is carrying very large flags in a parade that are too big to be flown from a staff or pole.

Always keep the flag clean. Keep it safe from those who would not respect it, or do not know enough to do so, such as small children.

If displayed at night, the flag must be properly illuminated. That means the stars and stripes can be seen from a distance.

Patches and Decals
Flag patches or pins worn on the left side (near the heart) of a shirt or uniform are okay.

Photo by Candice Sue Patterson
May not be copied or used in any format
without permission.
*For more information on care and respect of the American flag, visit The National Flag Foundation

*For an illustration on how to properly fold the American flag, visit

Happy Flag Day, everyone!

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