Nothing stirs our pride quite like the U.S. flag. This red, white and blue masterpiece symbolizes our history and our identity as Americans who embrace the ideals of freedom and democracy.
Each morning at military installations worldwide, the American flag is ceremoniously hoisted up a pole while our national anthem plays. Anyone outside when reveille sounds must stop and hold a salute while the anthem plays.
At dusk (or thereabouts), flags that aren’t lighted overnight are ceremoniously taken down and properly folded during what is known as "retreat” or "colors.” Again, pedestrians stop and salute, and vehicles pull over and stop during the national anthem.
At bases in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, everyone stops what they’re doing and faces the flag at reveille and colors. Anyone riding in a vehicle gets out and holds a salute in the flag’s direction.
When colors recently happened during comedian Robin Williams’ performance at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, the com-edian was startled when his entire audience hopped to their feet and turned away from him and toward the flag.