4th of July: How to Take Proper Care of your Country’s Flag

As the Fourth of July approaches, many Americans will find themselves handling a United States Flag.

Some of those may not know how to treat a flag, how to hang a flag, or how to retire a flag. Here are some tips:

• Never let the flag touch anything beneath it.

• Always display the flag with its blue union field up.

• Keep the flag clean and undamaged.

• When displaying a flag from a staff, give the flag a position of prominence, placing it to the right of a speaker, facing the audience. If other flags are being displayed as well, place the U.S. Flag to the speaker’s left, by itself.

• When a U.S. Flag is displayed on a pole, it should always be the uppermost flag flown.

• Once a flag finally wears out, and when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

In many American communities, one or more organizations render an important community service by collecting and overseeing the proper disposal of old, worn, tattered, frayed and/or faded U.S. Flags.

For information in your community try the Boy Scouts of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or the American Legion. If they provide a flag retirement service the flag can be dropped off and they will take care of the ceremony.

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