1. Never let the flag touch the ground. When hanging or displaying your flag, the key is to not damage it – so don’t drop it or let it touch anything beneath it.
2. Never wear the flag as a costume. The U.S. Flag Code makes very clear that no part of the flag should be worn as sportswear or as a costume, or used to make drapery or bedding. For those who really want to show off their patriotism, opt for a patch or a lapel flag pin worn near your heart.
3. Never display the flag except from sunrise to sunset, unless it is lighted at night. This means, according to the American Legion, that other people should always be able to recognize the flag. If there’s bad weather, you must take the flag down unless you have an all-weather flag.
4. Never place the flag anywhere but at the peak of the staff, except when the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building. (The union is the blue field of stars.) When hanging the flag vertically, the union must always be at the top.
5. Never wad the flag, but rather fold it properly. The way you store your flag is important. The American Legion says to fold it into a triangle, similar to a three-corner hat, with the blue and stars showing.
6. Never raise the flag slowly: It should be raised briskly, but lowered slowly and ceremoniously.
7. Never carry the flag flat or horizontally. It should always be carried aloft and free.
8. Never display the flag with the union down. Only in instances of extreme danger to life or property should the flag be displayed that way, as a distress signal.
For more information on how to display and dispose of your flag, go to http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html.
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US Flag Facts
Whether you're flying national flags, advertising flags, or custom banners, these three tips about proper upkeep will ensure that your flags are as respectable as whatever they symbolize.
1.) Prevent Flag from Fading
The sun can be your outdoor flag's worst enemy. Protect your flags and banners with the same vigilance you would protect your own skin, and be sure to spray your new flag with UV fabric protector. While fading is unavoidable, applying fabric protector can slow down the fading process. The spray not only protects your flag from UV rays, but it also creates a protective layer against dirt and debris so that it can be easily removed, which makes cleaning your flag that much simpler. While you can't block your outdoor flag from light while it's hanging, you can do so when storing your flag. When in storage, keep the flag or banner somewhere blocked from both natural and artificial light.
2.) Flagpole Maintenance
Because of the nature of outdoor flags and their exposure to the elements, it is essential to keep up with any small rips and tears that accumulate over time. It's also important to keep an eye on the condition of your flagpole. Flagpole installation and flagpole care goes hand in hand with maintaining the flag itself. If you notice any deterioration, be sure to contact a flagpole specialist to make sure your flagpole is safe. Depending on the material the flagpole is made out of you may experience rotting or rusting that can make your flagpole a hazard. If you're considering installing a flagpole yourself we recommend downloading our free guide to installing a flagpole first. This guide will help insure that you complete the project safely.
3.) Pay Attention to the Weather
High winds and rain can cause damage to your flag. Because of this, it is advisable to lower your flag during times of inclement weather. While you can't always anticipate damage, any winds over forty miles an hour can cause significant damage, so it is recommended that you lower your flag when high winds are possible. It is also recommended that you lower your flag overnight or whenever you are away for long periods of time, as you will be less able to monitor the weather and act accordingly during these times.
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