Get your American flags out
Tuesday will be Flag Day, a day in which we as Americans stop to honor the Stars and Stripes. We hope you’ll be hanging your Stars and Stripes out for public viewing.
The Flag Code, according to usflag.org, formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag and also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. In honor of Flag Day, here are some things to keep in mind when flying Old Glory:
• The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
• The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
• The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
• The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
• When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union (stars) to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.
• The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
Remember to fly your flags on Tuesday and let Jeff Davis Parish show its American pride.
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