Saturday, July 3, 2004

U.S. flag etiquette



The Flag Code, a public law as amended July 7, 1976, by the 94th Congress of the United States, set forth rules, customs and etiquette pertaining to the display and use of the U.S. flag.

Among them:

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

• It should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general.

• 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.

Source: www.usflag.org




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