There are recent questions on the code, etiquette, and rules of the American flag. I mean, how do you hoist the flag? When should you wear it? Any special rules to identify with the flag? Well, keep reading.
This blog will look at the various questions concerning the Americans flag. After reading the last line, I assure your body of knowledge on this inestimable Jewel would have significantly increased.
Before we discuss these etiquettes and rules, however, let’s do a quick run of how the flag came to be.
The US flag came to be on 22nd June 1942 when Congress reached a joint resolution on the need to have an emblem of identity. This resolution was amended six months later, being 22nd December 1942.
Often, most believe that the most relevant of all discussions is how citizens should behave around the flag. In other words, what should we do when we see the Stars and Stripes?
The US flag is our emblematic identity as a sovereign nation that America has assumed for over two centuries, roughly 200 years. Giving the Stars and Stripes, utmost respect is, therefore, a compulsion.
The Constitution requires members of the armed forces and veterans to be at attention and give a salute when the flag is lowered, hoisted, or paraded. Civilians, meanwhile, are to cross the heart with their right hand.
The flag is a symbol of honor, patriotism, and respect. As such, it must only be hoisted when necessary—and that too, with some strict guidelines. Displaying the flag must be by the following rules:
—The flag is customarily hoisted during the day in the open—that is, from sunrise to sunset. As a keen Patriot, however, you may display the flag during the night, as long as it is illuminated.
—The flag should be hoisted only on days when the weather is excellent and clear. Do not display during inclement weather.
—The flag should be hoisted in or close to polling centers during elections, at all public institutions and schoolhouses when schools are opened.
—You have the choice to hoist the flag daily, but it is more important on 22 special occasions in a calendar year.
To preserve the honor and nobility of the flag, there are a couple of rules to obey when hoisting it. They are:
Apart from the laid down procedures for displaying the flag, there are some etiquettes to adopt to keep its honor intact.
So, how should you raise or lower the flag?
—Hoist or lower the flag briskly and ceremoniously.
—When you display at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for a second before returning to the half-staff position. Proceed to repeat the process once more and then lower for the day. Half-staff is half of the distance between the hoisting staff’s top and bottom.
The flag represents our honor, pride, and, most importantly, identity as an independent nation. Keeping the codes, etiquette, and rules of the American flag is, therefore, a patriotic duty. The flag is precious, and you should hence ensure it is accorded optimum respect everywhere and every time. God bless America!