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Flag Day: Etiquette for Honoring Old Glory

Flag Day: Etiquette for Honoring Old Glory

Old Glory is a symbol of our country’s heritage. For many older Americans who lived through World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, the American flag can trigger memories of pride, courage, determination, and even sadness. Every year, we celebrate the adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777.

On June 14th, many Americans will be flying flags at their homes and businesses. If you will be one of them, there are some rules and etiquette for Old Glory you should know.

Etiquette & the American Flag

Honor the American flag by following these etiquette rules:

  • Hang the flag where it will be kept clean.
  • Always allow the flag to fall free, not fastened or tied back.
  • The flag should be flown from sunrise to sunset. However, it may continue to be flown at night if there is lighting on or near it.
  • Many flags are made of all-weather material so they can be flown during inclement weather. If not, they should be removed.
  • If the flag is displayed in a window, the stars should face north.
  • The flag may be hung against a wall when it is not flown from a staff. It should not be tucked or draped.
  • Only in an emergency can the flag be flown upside down.
  • Never use the flag for a decoration, instead use bunting with the blue on top.
  • Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
  • Never use the flag as clothing.
  • When flags are displayed in a row, the U.S. flag should be placed on the viewer’s left.
  • If flags of other nations are also being flown, all of the flags should be at the same height.
  • When state and local flags are flown, the U.S. flag should be the highest one.
  • Should the flag be placed over a street, the stars should face north or east.
  • If the flag is carried in a procession or parade, all people should stand, face the flag, and place a hand over the heart. Men and boys should remove their hats.
  • During any procession or parade, Veterans and military personnel should salute the flag. Saluting should also be done by police and fire personnel. Only the first U.S. flag passing requires this formality.
  • If you are preparing a speaker’s platform, place the flag behind and above the speaker. It should be mounted on the right of the speaker.
  • On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff until noon, and then it is raised.

If taps are played during a Flag Day celebration, veterans and active-duty military personnel should salute the flag from the beginning to the end of the song. Any civilians present should place their right hand over their hearts.

Patriotic days are special times for seniors and family caregivers to build memories together and for the younger generation to learn more about the events that played a significant role in their country. You may want to play patriotic music for your loved ones or watch patriotic videos on Youtube.

Celebrating Independence at Five Star Senior Living in Indiana

At Five Star Senior Living Centers in Indiana, we also celebrate independence and freedom every day with our residents. We extend an open invitation to you and your loved one to visit the Indiana senior living nearest you to join us for any of our special events. Call to learn more today!

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