On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for our fledgling nation. But it wasn't until 1924 that the rules for respecting our flag became the guidelines known as the Flag Code. And, astonishingly, the Flag Code did not become law until 1998 (thanks to President Bill Clinton)!
At Elmer's we're asked many questions regarding proper flag etiquette. Here's four answers you can use:
Can I fly my flag at night?
Ideally, your flag should be flown from dawn to dusk. Lowering your flag at dusk is an act of respect, but you may fly it at night if it is "properly illuminated" throughout the dark hours.
Can I fly my flag in inclement weather?
The American flag should not be flown during stormy weather unless it's made from an all-weather fabric, such as nylon or polyester. Lowering the flag when winds climb above 35 mph will help to keep the flag undamaged.
How do I display my flag on a single pole with another flag?
The American flag must be flown higher than any other flag, including a state flag or military flag. Never fly the American flag on a single pole with another nation's flag or with a flag with a company logo, branding, or advertising.
How do I retire my Stars and Stripes?
Once the American flag has become tattered, it "should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning".
The American flag is the most respected symbol of our nation. Stop by or call us at Elmer's Flag and Banner if you have any other questions about proper flag etiquette!
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