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Flag Day is the anniversary of the day in 1777 when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag.
Flag Day is observed every year on June 14.
Flag Day was officially established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 but it was not given official designation until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed an an act of congress designating June 14 as National Flag Day.
Here are the basics on displaying the American flag from holidayinsights.com:
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
- In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
- The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
- The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
- After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land ,and “half mast” on a ship.
- When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
- The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
- The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
- Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
- Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
- When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
More at http://www.nationalflagday.com.