Caring and respecting “Old Glory” on Flag Day
Lilly St Angelo
Kokomo Tribune, Ind.
The Continental Congress first established the design of the American flag 242 years ago today as a flag with thirteen alternating red and white stripes with thirteen white stars against a blue background. President Harry S. Truman proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day 70 years ago.
Since 1777, 37 stars have been added to the field of blue but the reverence for the flag is still a part of many Americans’ lives.
If you own an American flag, here are ten tips to properly care for and respect it:
When you raise a flag, it should be raised vigorously and when it is lowered, it should be done so slowly.
Only all-weather flags should be flown outside when there is rain or snow.
Flags should only be displayed at night when there is a light shining on it. Otherwise, they should be lowered at sundown.
When a flag is no longer fit for displaying, it may be burned or buried.
A flag should not be worn as clothing or used as bedding.
Flags should not be draped over hoods of any kind of vehicle, train car or boat.
The American flag should be flown above any other flag that is also being flown.
The flag should not touch the ground or anything that is beneath it.
A flag pin should always be worn on the left lapel, near the heart
The flag should never be displayed upside down with the blue part closest to the ground unless it is being used as a signal of serious distress.
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