Thursday, June 9, 2011

Etiquette in time for Flag Day

Flag Day is June 14. It commemorates the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States in 1777.

This is an appropriate time of year to display the American flag, especially with July 4 right around the corner - and there is definitely a proper way to do it.

• If the flag is hanging outside on a staff (from a windowsill, balcony, or front of your house): Make sure the union of the flag is at the peak of the staff, unless the flag is at half-staff (one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff).

• If the flag is hanging outside over a street or sidewalk, suspended from rope, not a staff: Make sure the flag hangs vertically from the rope, with the union to the north or east.

• If you are displaying a flag that is not being flown from a staff, indoors or out: Make sure the flag stays flat, and that the union is uppermost and on the left-hand side (from the observer’s point of view).

Now that you know how to display one...go buy a flag and get ready for Flag Day on Tuesday!

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