|When To Fly The Flag|
|Our national flag
should be displayed on all days
there is no danger the weather will
damage it. It not only shows respect for our national symbol, but prolongs the life of the
flag. It is customary to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings or on a stationary
flag pole in the open. However, it may also be flown at night if it is properly illuminated.
I was reminded, recently, that it's perfectly legal and proper to fly any former American flag,
with any number of stars. I thought I would make a note here for those of question.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Peace Officers Memorial Day * (Half-staff)
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day * (Half-staff until noon)
National Korean War Armistice Day * (Half-staff)
Patriot Day * (Half-staff)
Constitution Day (Citizenship Day)
Presidential Election Day
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day * (Half-staff)
Third Monday in January
January 20 (Every 4 Years) 
Third Monday in February
Second Sunday in May
Third Sunday in May
Last Monday in May
Third Sunday in June
First Monday in September
Second Monday in October
1st Tues after 1st Mon in Nov
Fourth Thursday in November
flown at half-staff, the flag should be
hoisted to the peak, then lowered to half-staff;
but before lowering the flag for the day it should again be raised to the peak.
On the following days, the flag should be flown at half-staff for the entire day:
of the United States government and the Governor of a state, territory, or possession; as a mark
of respect to their memory.
|1. When displayed
over the middle of a street,
the flag should be suspended vertically with the
union to the north in an east-west street or to the east in a north-south street.
2. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope
extending from a building to a pole
3. When the flag is displayed flat against a wall, either
horizontally or vertically, the union should
4. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be
so placed that the union is at the head
|When displayed with
another flag from crossed
the US flag should be to the observer's
left and its staff should be infront of the staff of the other flag.
|When the flags of
states or cities or pennants of
societies are flown on the same halyard with
the US flag, the US flag should always be at the peak. International flag usage forbids the
display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in peace time. This is a
sign of wartime victory and a serious insult.
|When the flag is
displayed from a staff
projecting horizontally or at any angle from the window
sill, balcony, or front of a building; the union should go to the peak of the staff (unless displaying
|When carried in a
procession or parade with
another flag or flags, the US flag should be either
on the marching right, or when there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
|When a number of
flags of states or cities or
of societies are grouped and displayed
from staffs with the US flag, it should be at the center or at the highest point of the group.
|When the flags of
two or more nations are
displayed they should be flown from separate staffs
of the same height and the flags should be of approximately equal size. International flag usage
forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in peace time.
This is a sign of wartime victory and a serious insult.
|Worn on the Right
stated above, it is proper to display the flag with the union uppermost
and to the observer's
left. One exception is when worn on the right sleeve of the military uniform. The union must be
displayed uppermost and facing the direction of honor and on the side of the uniform, the
direction of honor is toward the front.
|Over a Casket
|When the flag is used to cover a casket, it
should be placed so that the union is at the head
and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch
|The Folds of the
| Why we fold the flag 13 times...
Have you ever noticed how the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to
correctly folding the American flag 13 times? Here's what each of those
13 folds mean:
The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol for Life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in Eternal Life.
The 3rd fold is made in Honor and Remembrance of the Veterans
departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense
of our Country and to attain Peace throughout the world.
The 4th fold represents our Weaker Nature, for as American citizens
trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in
time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to Our Country, for in the words of Stephen
Decatur, "Our country; in dealing with other countries, may she
always be right, but it is still our country right or wrong."
The 6th fold is for where Our Hearts lie. It is with our heart that
"We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, Indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for All".
The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the
Armed Forces that we protect our Country and our flag against all her
enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our
The 8th fold is a tribute to the One who entered into the Valley of the
Shadow of Death, that we might see the Light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to Womanhood and Mothers. For it has been
through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character
of the men and women who have made this Country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the Father, for he, too, has given his
sons and daughters for defense of our Country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the Seal of King David
and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of Eternity and glorifies, in the
Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the Stars are
uppermost reminding us of our Nation's motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the
appearance of a cocked hat, reminding us of the Soldiers who served
under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served
under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and
shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us
the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.