Flag Day

flag-dayFlag Day June 14th . Today we celebrate Flag Day.  Do you know how to properly fly your Flag? Here is some great information from http://www.united-states-flag.com

For a stationary flag displayed on a building, pole or staff, it is customary to fly it from sunrise to sunset. You are only permitted to display your flag at night if it is properly illuminated. This means that you must have a light dedicated to “spotlighting” your flag. A street light or well lit area will not provide enough light. With the right lighting, you can fly your flag 24 hours a day for as many days as you like. If you haven’t invested in an all-weather flag, make sure you bring your flag indoors in weather conditions like rain, snow, sleet or hail. Even all-weather flags can be damaged by severe storms, causing them to become torn and tattered. A damaged flag is disrespectful to our nation, and will require repair or replacement.The Flag Code describes the flag as a living thing, and it should be treated as such. With the proper care, your flag can last for a long time with little or no repair.
According to the Flag Code, the American Flag should be flown:

  • On or near every polling place on election days
    Voting is one of the most important rights we have as American people. It, like the flag, represents our freedom, and stands as a basis for our governmental structure. It is a requirement that the flag is flown on election days at polling places.
  • On or near the main administration building of all public institutions
  • On or near every schoolhouse (during school days)

The flag is to be flown at public schools and colleges to instill a sense of patriotism in the students. These institutions are owned by the government and important to the nation. Although it is strongly suggested to fly the flag in these areas, it is not required.

The flag should always be displayed upright with the union to the top left. Flying the flag with the union down is considered a “breach of etiquette” (Sharpman). However, it can be used as a call for help, similar to SOS, if you are in extreme danger and need assistance.Throughout the years war protesters have flown the flag upside down to show that the entire country is in distress. It is still a debate whether this should be considered a desecration of the flag or an expression of free speech. It will usually attract negative attention from law enforcement and civilians alike.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

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