Monday, June 17, 2013

Flag Day, a Chance to Show Pride

Displaying the Flag Requires Following the Law

We certainly agree that Dads are important, but there’s a holiday that got overlooked this weekend amidst all the Father’s Day celebrations.

That’s right, we’re talking about Flag Day. June 15 is the day the United States has set aside each year for every American to honor the Stars and Stripes.

We think it’s not too late to fly the flag. Since Fourth of July is more than two weeks away, there is still plenty of time to display and enjoy the flag. There are plenty of places where you can pick up a flag or several, from your nearest supermarket or drugstore to the hardware shop.

U.S. Law on Displaying Flag

Here are some guidelines on displaying the U.S. flag:

You can display a flag flat against a wall, as long as you hang it right side up, with the stars at the top left.

If you want to mount it on a wall, this can be easily done by screwing a metal bracket into the side of your house. Just make sure you install it where you can easily reach it because you will need to take the flag inside when it gets dark or during bad weather. U.S. regulations state that a flag should only be displayed from sunrise to sunset. For the purposes of patriotic display, you can leave the flag outside overnight only if it’s illuminated.

The flag should never touch anything beneath it. It should never be displayed in such a fashion that would cause it to be easily soiled, damaged or torn.

If you plan on displaying the flag with other flags or have any other questions as to the proper guidelines, you may consult current law here.

Photo credit: Dru Bloomfield

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