Showing Pride for the Flag

Flags in a neighborhood
People fly the American flag on special occasions and to show respect for our country.

The American flag is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. Americans are so proud of their flag, there is even a holiday just for it! Flag Day is on June 14th and marks the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress first announced the official flag of the United States.

Did you know that the flag is so important it even has its own rules? These rules are about how to display the flag, how to care for the flag, and how show respect for the flag.

The flag should be displayed every day at public buildings like schools and town halls. It should not be flown during rain or snow. It should be flown during the day but can be on display 24-hours a day if it is illuminated [brightened with light]. The American flag should be flown higher than any state or local flag. However, if it is flown with flags of other countries, it should be flown at the same height.

The flag should be handled with respect. It should be raised and lowered on a flagpole in a dignified manner. The flag should be folded in a specific way so that when it is folded, it is in the shape of a triangle with the blue union and white stars showing. It should not get dirty, nor should it be placed on the ground. When a flag gets old and worn out, it should be disposed of respectfully. Veteran and scout groups can help retire a flag.

When the flag is raised or enters in a procession, Americans should stand as a sign of respect. People should remove their hats and may choose to salute. These rules are also true for when Americans say the Pledge of Allegiance.

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