This June 14th, proudly celebrate Flag Day by displaying your American flag for everyone to see. The purpose of Flag Day is to show respect and celebrate the U.S. flag and what it represents- our freedom, independence and unity as a nation.
The flag is flown as a sign of patriotism, loyalty and gratitude for all the freedom and liberty Americans enjoy. When you fly your flag this June 14th and everyday, remember there is a proper way to display the red, white and blue. By following the guidelines below, you will be sure to give your flag the respect it deserves.
• The flag should be flown from sunrise to sunset.
• Raise the flag quickly in the morning, but lower it slowly at sunset.
• Never fly your flag at light without a light on it
• Although many flags are said to be weather-proof, you should never fly your flag in the rain or other inclement weather.
• Following a death or tragedy, the flag should be flown for 30 days at half staff.
• When flying your flag vertically on a pole, the blue field, called the “union” is to be at the top and end of the pole, always facing away from your house.
• Be sure that the American flag is always flown at the top of your pole. The state and other flags should fly below it.
• You should never let your flag touch the ground.
• When your flag becomes old and worn out, retire it by either burying it or burning it. You should never throw a flag in the garbage.
Information on how to properly retire your flag can be found on the National Flag Foundation website, or through your local Boy Scouts chapter. For information on how to properly care for and fold your flag, please read our blog about Proper Flag Care.
Visit these sites for more information about proper flag care and Flag Day:
Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2007
(Preparing for a flag retirement ceremony)