On the 4th of July we celebrate the birth of our country and the freedom that we have been given. Three colors, 50 stars and 13 stripes wave in unison to represent the land of free because of the brave.
As we enjoy a long weekend for this patriotic holiday, let us not forget what was sacrificed for us. As we raise our flags with pride we must do so with a certain reverence and abide by strict guidelines to honor our country with dignity and respect.
While there are countless rules for flying Old Glory (today and every day), the most commonly needed instructions are as follows:
o When flags are displayed in a row, the American flag is flown in the place of honor, to it’s right (the observer’s left). Other national flags are flown at the same height while state flags are generally flown lower.
o When a flag is flown vertically, the stars are in the top left corner.
o The flag is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
o Do not use the flag for decoration; bunting—with blue on top followed by white and red—should be used for decoration.
o When saluting the flag, all non-military persons should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their hats with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
o When lowering the flag, no part should touch the ground and the flag should be folded and stored neatly and respectfully
o When your flag becomes worn and seasoned and is no longer suitable to represent our country, it should be burned in a safe and dignified way
I pulled most of these tips from these two sites so be sure to visit for more information and details on flags, www.Military.com and http://www.usa-flag-site.org/flag-etiquette/