The Flag 
of the
United States of America
The Flag of the United States of America
At this web site, you will find information about the proper ways to display and show respect to the American flag. 
 
Flag Etiquette and Display
The flag of the United States should be displayed: 
 
  • on all holidays, other days as proclaimed by the President of the United States, the birthdays of states, and on state holidays;
 
  • on or near the main administration building of every public institution;
 
  • in or near every polling place on election days; and
 
  • in or near every schoolhouse on school days.
The flag should never:
 
  • be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free;
 
  • be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery and never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds but always allowed to fall free;
 
  • have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature; nor 
 
  • be displayed on a float in a parade, except from a staff.
The flag of the United States may be displayed twenty four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height.  International law forbids the display of the flag of one nation above the other in time of peace.
When displayed on a staff, the Eagle on the staff of the flag of the United States should be facing the audience. 
   

Conduct and Respect for the Flag
During the recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, playing the National Anthem, or flag passing in review:
 
  • Stand at attention, facing the flag.  During the National Anthem, if no flag is present, stand facing the music.
 
  • If not in uniform, place your right hand, ungloved, over your heart.

Raising and Lowering the Colors
During raising and lowering of the colors:
 
  • Stand at attention, facing the flag;
 
  • If not in uniform, place your right hand over your heart; and 
 
  • Hold until the flag is hoisted fully or until lowered fully, and gathered at the base.

Flag Passing in Parade or Review
Place your right hand (ungloved) over your heart and hold, from when the flag is about twelve feet from you and hold until the flag is the same distance past you. 
Sounding of Taps: the same honor as during the National Anthem (see above).


The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key
to write our National Anthem
Days to Display the Flag
The flag should be displayed on all days, but especially:
 
  • New Year's Day, January 1
    Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 15
    Inauguration Day, January 20 
    Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12 
    Presidents’ Day, 3rd Monday in February 
    George Washington's birthday, February 22
    Easter Sunday
    Mother's Day
    Armed Forces Day, 3rd Saturday in May
    Memorial Day (half-staff until Noon)
    Flag Day, June 14
    Independence Day, July 4
    Labor Day 
    Constitution Day, September 17
    Columbus Day, October 12
    Veterans Day, November 11
    Election Day
    Thanksgiving Day
    Christmas Day
    and other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States. 

Did You Know?

June 14, 1777 - The first flag of the United States was adopted by Congress.
April 4, 1818 - Congress enacted a law stating the flag was to have 13 alternating red and white horizontal stripes and a white star was to be added to the blue field of the union on July 4th following the admission of each new state.
October 21, 1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance was first given national prominence as a part of the National Public Schools Celebration of Columbus Day, marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the Americas.
June 24, 1912 - President William H. Taft signed an Executive Order fixing the proportions and arrangement of the 48 stars in 6 horizontal and 8 vertical rows, each star with one point upward.  This established a uniform flag.
June 14, 1916 - A proclamation was issued by President Woodrow Wilson calling for a national observance of Flag Day on June 14th.  In 1949 Congress resolved that June 14 was designated as Flag Day and it was signed into law by President Harry Truman.
June 14, 1923 - A United States Flag Code was adopted by the First National Flag Conference meeting in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, D.C., headquarters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Pledge of Allegiance is in Section 172 of the U. S. Flag Code and has been changed three times: June 14, 1923, the First National Flag Conference added the words "the Flag of the United States" in place of "my Flag"; on Flag Day 1924, the Second National Flag Conference added the words "of America"; and in 1954 the United States Congress added the words "under God" between "nation" and "indivisible".
May 18, 1939 - Francis Bellamy and James Upham both claimed the authorship of the original pledge to the flag.  After a committee had weighed the evidence of the claims, the decision in favor of Francis Bellamy was accepted by the United States Flag Association. 
July 4, 1960 - After the admission of Hawaii on August 21, 1959, to the union, the fiftieth star was added to the flag.
   

DAR Patriotic Flag Education


 

DAR has long respected the flag of the United States of America and through its members and chapters endeavors to promote all aspects of our flag.  Members are encouraged to:
 
  • Read Flag Minutes provided by committee chairmen at each chapter meeting, giving the history and symbolism of the flag. 
 
  • Fly the flag every day. 
 
  • Present flags to new American citizens, DAR Good Citizens, Scout Troops, and Veterans.
 
  • Request that public officials observe Flag Day and display the flag on all holidays. 
 
  • Establish an Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.
 
  • Urge participation in flag essay contests and assist in The Pledge of Allegiance initiatives in schools. 
 
  • Distribute table flags to Veterans in hospitals; distribute Braille flags to the blind. 
 
  • Present flag certificates to businesses, institutions, and individuals who properly display the flag of the United States. 
 
  • Wear a jeweled flag pin (available from the DAR Juniors) on the left lapel  over the heart.  A flag pin can be worn when wearing DAR insignia and pins but not on the ribbon. 

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