The Fourteenth of June commemorates the United States flag and is therefore known as the National Flag Day. The 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 in 1887 held the first celebration of the U.S. Flag. A schoolteacher and the known ‘Father of Flag Day’, BJ Cigrand arranged a group of Fredonia, Wisconsin school children to observe June 14 as the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes or ‘Flag Day’.
National Flag Day is now celebrated with flag-raising ceremonies, street parades, essay contests, special recognition awards and a lot more.
Since it is National Flag Day, Military Plaques allows us to review some of the Do’s and Don’ts associated with the U.S. Flag that goes with the proper flag code:
Quick list of Do’s:
- When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the U.S. Flag above all other flags.
- When used during a marching ceremony or parade with other flags, the U.S. Flag will be to the observer’s left.
- Display the U.S. Flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open.
- When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union (blue field of stars) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
- When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder.
- When saluting the flag, all persons present in uniform (military, police, fire, etc.) should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute.
- When saluting the flag, all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don’ts:
- Don’t dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.
- Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
- Don’t fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
- Don’t carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
- Don’t use the flag as clothing.
- Don’t store the flag where it can get dirty.
- Don’t use it as a cover.
- Don’t fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.
- Don’t draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.
- Don’t use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.
U.S. Flag trivia: No one really knows where exactly the US. Flag came from but it is speculated that it was designed by a man named Francis Hopkinson.
Military Plaques gives its salute for the Old Glory!