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Monday, June 15, 2009

Today is FLAG DAY~


Flag Day, 14 June, marks the anniversary of the adoption by Congress in 1777 of the Stars and Stripes as emblem of the nation. Celebrations of the flag began in local communities throughout the country during the nineteenth century, largely for the purpose of educating children in history. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, and later, in 1927, President Calvin Coolidge, suggested that 14 June be observed as Flag Day. It was not until 3 August 1949 that the National Flag Day Bill became law, giving official recognition to 14 June to celebrate the flag.

Here below are some flag etiquette:

Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is
generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:

  • The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.

  • The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

  • The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It 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.

  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

  • The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.

  • The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner

2 comments:

kimberly said...

and flag day has always been a very special day to me! :-)
love you,
kimberly

Donetta said...

The flag is a very important symbol a banner. Who will raise the banner if it should fall. "I will."
The one who has the flag in arms has no weapon to defend himself. It was considered the highest and most courageous of honors in the Civil War,

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