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FLAG  ETIQUETTE

 

The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, but especially on:

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Inauguration Day, January 20
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the third Monday in January
  • Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
  • Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29
  • Easter Sunday (variable)
  • Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
  • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Father's Day, third Sunday in June
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27
  • Labor Day, first Monday in September
  • Constitution Day, September 17
  • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
  • Navy Day, October 27
  • Veterans Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • Such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
  • Birthdays of States (date of admission)
  • State and Local holidays

A detailed description of the Flag Code is provided by the American Legion HERE.

 

FOLDING THE FLAG

How to fold the American flag is described HERE.

 

SALUTING THE FLAG

Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering, or passing of the flag and during the playing of the national anthem. Additionally, members of the nation’s veterans service organizations have traditionally rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag while wearing their organization’s official head-gear. Look here for details. To “Pledge Allegiance,” the National Americanism Commission has deemed it appropriate for Legionnaires to come out of uniform (uncover), placing the cap and right hand over the heart, and reciting the “Pledge.” To do otherwise would be a violation of Flag Code revisions or regulations of The American Legion. (Americanism Commission).

 


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