U.S.

August 14, 2014

Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

Tags:
Alex Salinas
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round.

According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open,” but if properly lit during hours of darkness, “the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day.”

American flags displayed at home should follow standard etiquette.

On walls, windows or doors, they should be hung vertically with the union, or the blue field and white stars, on top and to an observer’s left. They should also be hung vertically if suspended over the middle of a street, with the union to the north on an east and west street, or to the east on a north and south street.

If mounted or planted on the ground, U.S. flags must be to the right of another flag or, if in a line of other flags, in the front and center of that line. If projected on a staff horizontally or at angle from a window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

Flags on vehicles should be placed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right-side fender.

Additionally, other flags should never fly above the U.S. flag.

“Ensure that the U.S. flag never touches the ground or anything beneath it,” Tech Sgt. Joseph Capado, Joint Base San Antonio Honor Guard NCO in charge, said. “Do not display the flag in inclement weather or if it shows any signs of wear and tear.” Tattered national flags should be destroyed with dignity.

“The form of disposal that we use is burning, which is done by the Veterans of Foreign Affairs (office) because they have an authorized burn facility,” Master Sgt. Nidia Hodge, JBSA Honor Guard superintendent, said. “People can bring flags to us or contact their nearest VFW post.”

“The U.S. flag is a representation of our great nation past and present, and it’s a symbol of our freedom to which many Americans fought hard and made ultimate sacrifices, so fly it with pride and in accordance with the rules,” Capado said.

For a complete listing of flag display rules, visit http://uscode.house.gov/ and click on “Title 4 — Flag And Seal, Seat of Government, And The States.”

 

Rules for respecting the flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

  • The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
  • The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  • The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
  • The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
  • The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
  • The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
  • The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.
  • No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.



All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Alan Boedeker)

AF to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths ...
 
 

Draft Total Force Training Environmental Assessment available for public review

The revised draft Environmental Assessment for Total Force Training (formerly Operation Snowbird) was released by Air Combat Command here today. The release initiates a 30-day public comment period, which ends October 23.  Substantive public comments submitted by that date will be considered before the Air Force makes any determinations on the proposal.  These comments will...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Ash)

AF signs Total-Force Aircrew Management charter

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior Air Force leaders signed a Total Force Aircrew Management charter Sept. 18, during the Aircrew Summit at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staf...
 

 

Information security part of everything we do

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — It’s been one of those days. You are super busy and your unit just received another tasking. You are trying to do five jobs at once and don’t even have time to think. You decide to help your unit deployment manager get the word out and forward an email...
 
 
leadership

When leaders earn their keep

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — It’s no secret that a key to being a good leader, military or otherwise, is taking care of your people. I strongly believe Airmen aren’t able to perform at their peak if their ...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Fuels Management team finds a new home

The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new Fuels Management facility and Type III Fuels Hydrant System facility at D-M, Sept. 17. The new facilities are equipp...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin