Getting to Know Flag Day – the Flag Day History
We all know Fourth of July is celebrated as America’s birthday and on that happy day there surely will be streets of National Flags. But do you know one month before there is a Flag Day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for the national flag, its designers and makers and this day will always fall on June 14. Flag Day now is not an official federal holiday, but Pennsylvania became the first and only US state to celebrate Flag Day as state holiday since June 14, 1937.
Getting to Know Flag Day – the Flag Day Etiquette
In the early 1920s, when people got together in D.C., everyone had different ways to handle the flag. Now, there are regulated ways of displaying the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents the nation and the many people who gave their lives for the country and the flag.
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
- In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
- The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
- The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
- After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land, and “half mast” on a ship.
- When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field, or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
- The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
- The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
- Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
- Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
- When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
Getting to Know Flag Day – the Flag Day Celebrations
- 1. Fly the Flag on June 14. Follow the right flag etiquette when displaying the flag.
- 2. Attend Flag Day ceremony in your town. Flag Day ceremony will be another way to express your patriotic emotion to the country other than Memorial Day.
- 3. Hold your own festivities. Have a party, an outdoor tour or so, but don’t forget to display the flag in a prominent location.
- 4. Read the history of the flag and play flag games.
- 5. Attend a flag burning ceremony. There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. Most Boy Scout troops or other community organizations knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis and you can attend their ceremony.
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