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'Flag Code' shows how to properly respect Old Glory

Do you proudly display Old Glory? Are you following the proper procedure? Many individuals, organizations and advertisers unintentionally disrespect the American flag because they don't know the proper etiquette for displaying it.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization publishes a brochure with the history of the American flag, including correct ways to store, transport, fly, and even dispose of Old Glory, according to the Federal Flag Code.

The following are some "dos" and "don'ts" excerpts from the Federal Flag Code.

Some flag "dos":

Sec.2 (a) It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

(b) The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

Sec.6 During rendition of the nation anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the miltary salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note.

Sec.7 The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all," should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag and render the military salute.

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