In this Week’s Newsletter, we discuss federal regulation concerning proper etiquette and rules for the manner in which we may proudly display our stars-and-stripes during our Memorial Weekend festivities. This U.S. federal holiday will be observed on Monday, May 27, 2019.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause. “
Memorial Day is a day to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country– particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in the battlefields.
Although, many Americans celebrate Memorial Day with music, beer and BBQ, while proudly displaying our Stars-and-Stripes on clothing, hats, bikini’s, etc.; Many are unaware that they may be violating the “Flag Code” that sets forth specific etiquette and manner of proper display of our flag. While it is true that the federal Code does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. This is left to the individual states for enforcement of their own flag laws.
Note: The U.S. flag code does NOT mention anything about kneeling or standing during the national anthem.
Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1:
“The Code” adopted on June 14, 1923, sets forth certain Flag Etiquette Regulations. Here are a few relevant ones for this Memorial Day:
· Fly your flag at Half-staff until noon only;
· The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.
· The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.
· It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
· Display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open.
· However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
But what exactly is “proper illumination?
The American Legion interprets that as a light source that is specifically placed to light up the flag at night. The light must be bright enough that the US flag is recognizable by the casual observer passing by.
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