The Importance of Flag Day

Flag Day, celebrated on June 14, commemorates the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in 1777. This day provides an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the flag's significance and the values it represents. Flag Day is a time to show patriotism and respect for the symbol of the nation's freedom and unity.

Proper Flag Display Etiquette

Displaying the American flag is a privilege and comes with specific guidelines to ensure it is shown the respect it deserves. Here are some essential tips for properly displaying your flag:

  • Raising and Lowering the Flag: The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously. If the flag is to be flown at half-staff, it should be hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. Before lowering for the day, it should again be raised to the peak.

  • Daylight Display: The flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset. However, it can be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

  • Weather Conditions: The flag should not be displayed during inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag. This ensures the flag's condition and appearance are maintained.

  • Correct Position: When displayed on a wall or in a window, the blue field (the union) should be at the top left corner from the observer's point of view. When flown with other flags, the American flag should always be at the highest position or in the center if flown in a line with other national flags.

  • Respectful Handling: The flag should never touch the ground, floor, water, or any object beneath it. It should be folded neatly and ceremoniously when stored.

Celebrating with Respect

Flag Day is not just about displaying the flag but also about understanding and honoring what it represents. Take the time to learn more about the history of the flag and share that knowledge with others. Organize or participate in community events that celebrate this day, and encourage others to display their flags properly.

By following these guidelines and understanding the flag's significance, you contribute to the tradition of honoring the American flag and the values it stands for.

Ashley Parker