The American Flag is a symbol of our country, freedoms, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend it. Honoring the American Flag properly shows a sign of respect not only for our country, but to those who gave all defending it. Therefore, it’s important to understand and acknowledge the set of rules that goes into our nation’s Flag Code.
Flag Flying Protocol
While we want everyone to be proudly flying Old Glory, because honoring the American Flag comes with a set of rules and responsibilities we all need to follow. Before you proudly display your flag, make sure you understand these flag flying rules:
• Should be flown every day, especially on holidays such as, Flag Day and Independence Day
• Should be flown at half staff during holidays Memorial Day (May 28th), Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th), and Patriots Day (September 11th)
• Should be flown at half staff during the death of military, civil service, or government personnel
• Should be flown at or near administrative or educational buildings
• Should be flown only from sunrise to sunset, unless it is properly illuminated by lights at night
• Should not be flown in inclement weather
• Should never be flown upside down, unless there is a civil emergency
• Should never be tied back or restrained, must always fly freely
Pledge of Allegiance Protocol
The Pledge of Allegiance is a way for citizens to express their gratitude and allegiance to our flag, and is typically practiced before ceremonies, sporting events, or other happenings are held.
• When honoring the American Flag during the Pledge of Allegiance, make sure to follow these rules:
• Citizens should stand and face the flag with their right hand over their heart
• Non-religious headdress should be taken off and held at the left shoulder
• Uniformed personnel should face the flag, remain silent, and deliver a military salute
There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding proper Pledge of Allegiance protocol in the news. However, at Paradiso Insurance we all believe in standing for the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance, and we hope that you will always do the same.
Flag Folding Protocol
If you need to take your American Flag indoors due to inclimate weather or damage, make sure you respectfully put it away by properly folding it. Additionally, American Flags should never touch the ground, so make you have a partner to help you fold it.
If you’re unsure on how to fold your flag, we’ve created a helpful video on folding the American Flag here:
Flag Disposal Protocol
American flags can become tattered, worn, or damaged overtime, and to show your true patriotic spirit, you’ll need to replace them. However, under no circumstance should you throw a damaged flag away. Many do not realize this, but damaged or tattered flags must undergo a retirement ceremony to be properly disposed of.
Conducting your own retirement ceremony may sound a little intimidating, but our insurance agency has you covered. Simply stop into our agency during Flag Week (June 11th to 16th) with your tattered or worn flag, and we will happily dispose of it, as well as provide you a free replacement flag. Honoring the American Flag is important, and our insurance agency wants make sure everyone is honoring it properly.
We love Ole Glory and will never forget those who gave and continue to give to defend its stars and stripes. Thank you to those who have courageously served our country, we thank you for your freedom, and the importance of honoring the American Flag. To learn more about how our insurance agency celebrates the American Flag, click the button below to learn about our Flag Day Barbecue.