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Honor Old Glory, observe code

PENNY COCKERELL Published: June 14, 2009
As we honor our country’s most visible symbol on this Flag Day, take a few moments to review our responsibilities to the flag as Americans:

→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.

→When hung in a window, place the blue union in the upper left, as viewed from the street.

→When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left.

→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 delivering anything.

→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. The American Legion is one of several veterans groups that provide proper disposal of a tattered or damaged U.S. flag.

Sources:;; National Flag Code


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