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Voice: More on displaying the flag

October 05, 2001

Because of the terrorist attacks on America, many people have been displaying the American flag. I am fully supportive of this national patriotic display, but I am concerned that some may not be displaying and respecting the flag correctly.

Thank you for publishing the rules of displaying and respecting the flag in yesterday's paper on Sunday. This was timely, as I was also researching for the rules of the flag these past two weeks. However, here are some additional rules that I found from "How To Display And Respect The Flag Of The United States" from the United States Navy Recruiting Command:

1. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is bad, except when an all-weather flag is used.

2. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. It should never be dipped to any person or thing nor should it ever be displayed with the union down except as a signal of dire distress.


3. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, nor should it be carried flat and horizontally — always aloft and free.

4. The flag should always be flown on national and state holidays and those proclaimed by the president.

5. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used or stored in such a manner as to be easily torn, soiled or damaged. It should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

6. To fly at half staff, the flag should be hoisted to the peak, then lowered. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

However, in the rules that I have researched, there was no mention of rules for small hand-held flags, flag stickers, flags printed on newsprint and other such variations. Here are some examples: small flags fastened to the radio antennas of cars; paper flags attached to car windows or bicycles. Wouldn't these contradict one of the above rules?

It appears that the rules only apply to those big, enormous flags that are meant to be flown on permanent flag poles.


(Age 13)

El Centro

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