Properly Display The United States Flag

June 28, 2018


Independence Day is coming up Wednesday and it’s especially a good time to display 'Ol Glory.  An estimated 150 million American flags are sold every year with 3/4 of Americans saying they own at least one. But are you displaying it correctly? The United States Flag Code sets rules for the display and care of our national flag and according to it, the flag is to be considered a living thing. Now there common rules for the flag, such as making sure it does not touch the ground but there are some lesser known flag facts.  So let us channel our inner Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory and have some Fun with Flags. Section 7 of the flag code decrees that no flag should be placed above the flag of the United States, with a couple of exceptions.  A church pennant can fly above the U.S. flag services performed by naval chaplains while at sea and at the United Nations in New York City, where the U.N. flag is displayed higher than the American flag. For the times you wish to hang your flag without a pole, make sure the blue stars field (called the union) is displayed on the top-left side to those who observe it. And as patriotic as it may seem to wear a flag shirt or swim trunks, section 8 says the flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. Instead wear an American flag patch or pin.  And thinking about pacing words, drawings marks, pictures or any advertisement upon the flag? Might want to think about it again.  Treating the flag in that manner is a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. But who wants to spend time in jail this time of year!  So make sure you show your pride for America and respect a symbol of our nation.


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