Old Glory: an easy primer
- Written by Geoff Geiger
Put simply, the American flag is meant only to be a flag and commands strict adherence to detail. Many questions about courtesy and proper display remain around every flag-bearing holiday; however, the answers are easy to find if one hits the right source: Title 4 of the United States Code. It outlines the guidelines of what a proper flag is, what days and on what occasions it is to be displayed and how the flag is to be treated. You can find this guide on-line or find etiquette in materials sponsored by some veterans associations, like the American Legion. As Flag Day (June 14) approaches, try to remember a few simple rules: -Only an illuminated flag can remain flying overnight. -When displayed either horizontally or vertically, the union, or stars, should be on the observer’s left. -The flag should never be draped over a vehicle, touch anything beneath it or be worn in any manner. -If the proper flag passes by in a parade, then you should stand solemnly and place your hand over your heart. -When reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, males should remove all non-religious head coverings.