American Flag


FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

We encourage you to proudly fly your flag every day and particularly on the following days:

New Year's Day, January 1st

Inauguration Day, January 20th

Lincoln's Birthday, February 12th

Washington's Birthday, 3rd Monday in February

Easter Sunday, variable

Mother's Day, 2nd Sunday in May

Armed Forces Day, 3rd Saturday in May

Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff), May 15th (unless it conflicts with Armed Forces Day, then May 16th)

Memorial Day (half-staff until Noon) last Monday in May

Flag Day, June 14th

Independence Day, July 4th

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (half-staff), July 27th

Labor Day, 1st Monday in September

Citizenship Day, September 17th

Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October

Veterans Day, November 11th

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff), December 7th

Christmas Day, December 25th

And such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States;
the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays.

FLAG DISPLAY RULES AND ETIQUETTE

1. The flag is always hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
2. The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or the floor.
3. When hung over a sidewalk on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.
4. When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in a north/south street.
5. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
6. The flag should never be festooned, drawn back nor up in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
7. The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day then raised to the top of the staff.
8. Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
9. The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.
10. The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.


(The above information on the flag conforms to the current Federal flag code.)

Cemetery Flags Project

Greenwood Cemetery, in the heart of Birmingham, has more than 90 marked graves of veterans from the Revolution to the present time. Some of the graves are marked by bronze or granite government markers and some have service designations on the tombstones. Yet others show service medallions on stakes indicating the war in which they fought. Piety Hill Chapter volunteers proudly set small flags of the United States of America on each veteran's grave for Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day.



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