The National Flag represents the living country and is considered to be a living thing emblematic of the respect and pride we have for our nation.
Our flag is a precious possession.
Display it proudly.
There are certain fundamental rules of Heraldry which, if understood, generally indicate the proper method of displaying the flag.
The right arm, which is the sword arm and the point of danger, is the place of honor.
The national Emblem is a symbol of our great country, our heritage and our place in the world.
We owe reverence and respect to our flag. It represents the highest ideals of individual liberty, justice and equal opportunity for all.
* * * I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
One of our members, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent some concerns about how citizens are displaying our National Emblem since the tragic events of September 11. In particular, he highlighted various mistakes people are making in their desire to honor the flag.
Following, are some of the mistakes he has seen since September 11:
The flag should only be displayed from sunrise to sunset, although it may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery.
The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.
While to us, these rules and courtesies are taken for granted and followed as a way of life, some people may not know the considerate and respectful manner expected of citizens of the United States in displaying the National Emblem.
Perhaps a polite reminder would be in order.
The rules and customs presented here are in accordance with the July 7, 1976 Amendment to the Flag Code (Public Law 94-344, 94th Congress. S.J. Res. 49)