Government Connections - Fall 2011 - (Page 33)
U.S. Flag Protocol
By Kathleen Ryan, CGMP
WHETHER WE CALL it “Old Glory,” “The Stars and Stripes,” ”The Star Spangled Banner” or ”The Red, White and Blue,” there’s no doubt that Americans love their ﬂag, our national symbol. The vibrant colors – red and white stripes with a ﬁeld of blue with white stars – call forth emotions in us all. We celebrate our ﬂag on many occasions, but especially on national holidays – Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day. The following will provide you with some of the most basic steps for the correct way to display the United States ﬂag. HANDLING THE U.S. FLAG
• The U.S. flag should not touch the ground. • When your f lag becomes tattered or faded, it should be repaired and cle a ned or be ret ired. Old f l ags should be burned, but never thrown away. The Boy Scouts of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars (V F W), Girl Scouts of America and Reserve
O f f ic er Tr a i ne e C ou r s e (ROTC) detachments are examples of organizations that take care of appropriately retiring old flags. • Most importantly, the U.S. flag should a lways be t re ated w it h re spect. As stated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1943: “The Flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”
DISPLAYING THE U.S. FLAG OUTDOORS
• The flag is normally flown outdoors from sunrise to sunset. • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it, nor should it be flown in inclement weather (unless it is an all-weather flag.) • If using a vertical flag pole: -Raise the flag briskly with the stars and blue field, or “union” at the top and with the flag flowing away from your house or building.
-State, county and municipal flags may be flown below the U.S. flag on the same pole in order of precedence. -If flying the U.S. flag and other flags on separate poles, the U.S. flag always has the position of honor to the right, with other flags lined up to the left in order of precedence. All flags should be the same dimension, on the same size pole and with the same size finial (top “ornament”) and base stand. -At sunset, lower the U.S. flag slowly, and last if there are multiple flags. • When not using a vertical flag pole: -Display the U.S. flag in the front of your house or business and to the right of a main door (when facing out or to the viewer’s left). -The U.S. f lag must be to the right (when facing out) of any other displayed flags. -A properly hung flag has the union at the top of the pole and hangs freely down away from the pole.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2011
Travel Tips & Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Can You Think in Reverse?
Food and Beverage
U.S. Flag Protocol
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Fall 2011