The U.S. flag is commonly displayed on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, as well as all year long at homes and businesses. June 14, National Flag Day, commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States. But there is a flag etiquette, a proper way to display and honor the flag. Here are a few of the traditional ways in which we give this symbol of America respect.
The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset on all days the weather permits.
When carried in a procession, it should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
To salute the flag, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.
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. Check with your nearest American Legion Post to find out when they will be conducting a dignified flag burning ceremony and may have replacement flags. Find flag etiquette on www.USFlag.org under their frequently asked questions link.