|American Legion Flag Etiquette
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When To Display Your Flag
The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on
all days when the weather permits, especially on:
New Year's Day, January 1
Martin Luther King's Birthday, 3rd Monday in January
Washington's Birthday, February 22
Mother's Day, 2nd Sunday in May
Peace Officer's Day, May 15th (half-staff)
Armed Forces Day, 3rd Saturday in May
Memorial Day, Last Monday in May (half-staff until noon)
D-Day, June 6th
Flag Day, June 14th
Father's Day, June 16th
Independence Day, July 4th
Korean War Veterans Day, July 27th
Labor Day, 1st Monday in September
Patriot Day, September 11th (half-staff)
9/11 Remembrance, September 11th (half-staff)
American Legion Day, September 16th
Constitution Day, September 17th
Gold Star Mother's Day, September 29th
Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October
Election Day, 1st Tuesday in November
Marine Corps Birthday, November 10th
Veterans Day, November 11th
Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th (half-staff)
Christmas Day, December 25th
Other Election Days (various)
Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates.
Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
State and Local Holidays.
Step 1: Bring the striped half up over the blue field.
Step 2: Then fold it in half again.
Step 3: Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.
Step 4: Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue
until the entire length of the flag is folded.
Step 5: When you get near the end - nothing but the blue field showing
- tuck the last bit into the other folds to secure it.
At military funerals the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly
folding the American flag 13 times. Why is that? Each fold of the U.S. flag
has an important meaning.
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
3. The third 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 to attain
peace throughout the world.
4. The fourth 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
5. The fifth 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."
6. The sixth 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.
7. The seventh 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 are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
8. The eighth 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, and to honor mother, for whom it flies
on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; 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.
10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and
daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion
of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of
eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
13. 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, ever reminding us of the soldiers
who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served
under Captain John Paul Jones. Those 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.
|Important Flag Facts
Below are important flag facts that everyone should know...
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 never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only
as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping
a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered,
printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a
flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter,
word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or
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.
Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony,
often on Flag Day, June 14th. Contact your local American Legion Hall and inquire
about the availability of this service.
Displaying The Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a
building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community,
society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except
that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy
personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union
to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should
be farthest from the building.
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