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    Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 08:24

    Flag day is coming up this Sunday...

    The Flag Code (partial):

    6. Time and occasions for display
    (a) It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

    (b) The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

    (c) The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.

    (d) The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on

    New Year's Day - January 1
    Inauguration Day - January 20
    Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday - third Monday in January
    Lincoln's Birthday - February 12
    Washington's Birthday - third Monday in February
    Easter Sunday - (variable)
    Mother's Day - second Sunday in May
    Armed Forces Day - third Saturday in May
    Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) - last Monday in May
    Flag Day - June 14
    Independence Day - July 4
    Labor Day - first Monday - September 1 - 7
    Columbus Day - second Monday in October
    Navy Day - October 27
    Veterans Day - November 11
    Thanksgiving Day - fourth Thursday in November
    Christmas Day - December 25
    Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
    Birthdays of States (date of admission)
    State holidays

    (e) The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.

    (f) The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.

    (g) The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.

    7. Position and manner of display
    The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

    (a) The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff, or as provided in subsection (i) of this section.

    (b) The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

    (c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.

    (d) The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.


    (e) The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.


    (f) When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right.


    (g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.


    (h) When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless 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.


    i) When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.


    (j) When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.


    (k) When used on a speaker's platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker.


    When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.


    l) The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.


    (m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.


    On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving on active duty, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff and the same authority is provided to the Mayor of the District of Columbia with respect to present or former officials of the District of Columbia and members of the Armed Forces from the District of Columbia. When the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, or the Mayor of the District of Columbia, issues a proclamation under the preceding sentence that the National flag be flown at half-staff in that State, territory, or possession or in the District of Columbia because of the death of a member of the Armed Forces, the National flag flown at any Federal installation or facility in the area covered by that proclamation shall be flown at half-staff consistent with that proclamation. The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the death of the President or a former President; 10 days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. As used in this subsection -


    (1) the term ''half-staff'' means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
    (2) the term ''executive or military department'' means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5, United States Code; and
    (3) the term ''Member of Congress'' means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.


    (n) When the Flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.


    (o) When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer's left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

    8. Respect for 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.

    (a) 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.

    (b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

    (c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

    (d) 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.

    Bunting of blue, white, and red always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

    (e) 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.

    (f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

    (g) 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.

    (h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

    (i) 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 napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

    (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

    (k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. (Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony)

    9. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
    During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, those present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens of other countries should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

    10. Modification of rules and customs by President
    Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

    Executive Order No. 10834 issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 24, 1959, amended the provisions of Title 4, U.S.C., Chapter 1 and established the 50 star Flag as the official Flag of the United States, effective on July 4, 1960.

    The Flag Code - Modification of rules and customs by President
    Executive Order No. 10834
    August 24, 1959

    Part I - Design of the flag

    Section 1. The flag of the United States shall have thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white, and a union consisting of white stars on a field of blue.

    Section 2. The position of the stars in the union of the flag and in the union jack shall be as indicated on the attachment to this order, which is hereby made a part of this order.

    Section 3. The dimensions of the constituent parts of the flag shall conform to the proportions set forth in the attachment referred to in section 2 of this order.


    Standard Proportions of the Flag

    hoist(width) of flag - 1.0
    fly (length) of flag - 1.9
    hoist of union- 7/13
    fly of union- .76
    diameter of star - .0616
    width of stripe - 1/13


    Title 36, Subtitle I, Part A section 301 United States Code – National Anthem
    (a) Designation.— The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
    (b) Conduct During Playing.— During a rendition of the national anthem—

    (1) when the flag is displayed—
    (A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
    (B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
    (C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
    (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.


    New! Veterans are now permitted to salute the flag while NOT in uniform. :D
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Nekhrun » 09 Jun 2009 08:35

    Flag Day is the only reason I remember my dad's birthday.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 08:41

    Since 9/11 a lot more people are flying flags from staffs at their homes. Most don't seem to know that it is disrespectfull to fly it at night if not illuminated, or in the rain, unless weatherproof.

    I made a buddy of mine help me fold his Confederate Battle Flag properly the other day. (Not to be confused with the Confederate National Flag.)
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby SandChigger » 09 Jun 2009 10:30

    B.B.'s a flag-burning former boy scout? :shock:
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 10:34

    SandChigger wrote:B.B.'s a flag-burning former boy scout? :shock:


    A member of an elite paramilitary organization: "Eagle Scouts."
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby SandChigger » 09 Jun 2009 10:57

    Is that like a ... Special Force?

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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Jun 2009 11:41

    The only flag rule I care about is lowering them to half height when someone dies. I always thought that was touching... oh, and I also enjoy all the fancy folding at military funerals. Otherwise though, it's just a cloth some hippie drew up in the sixties because we were tired of using the union jack. (Or something to sew onto your backpack when in Europe to make sure no one thinks you're american).

    This ties into my somewhat complex patriotism/anti-patriotism feelings. I care about the flag, but I certainly don't worship it.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby GamePlayer » 09 Jun 2009 11:51

    I love our flag!

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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Rakis » 09 Jun 2009 11:59

    GamePlayer wrote:I love our flag!

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    Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee! :lol:


    I bet we can't see a nice girl like that with the American flag... :snooty:





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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Jun 2009 12:03

    Baraka Bryan wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:The only flag rule I care about is lowering them to half height when someone dies. I always thought that was touching... oh, and I also enjoy all the fancy folding at military funerals. Otherwise though, it's just a cloth some hippie drew up in the sixties because we were tired of using the union jack. (Or something to sew onto your backpack when in Europe to make sure no one thinks you're american).

    This ties into my somewhat complex patriotism/anti-patriotism feelings. I care about the flag, but I certainly don't worship it.



    i pray to my flag every night... JK :P

    and it's more about what the flag symbolizes than the flag itself.


    Of course, but to me it just doesn't seem healthy to actually get upset because someone gets theirs wet, etc. It's just a flag. I've burnt several in my day, from various countries at various events.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 12:04

    I have personally seen Confederate Flag bikinis, I can't recall seeing a US flag one.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Eyes High » 09 Jun 2009 12:05

    My husband and I were discussing some of those rules and we came to a point that we, well not really disagree on but, have heard two different versions. So I'm asking y'all.


    When do a flag burning cermony; do you cut the field from the flag and burn it and the strips(still together) or do you remove the field and then cut the strips apart and then lay each piece on the fire one at a time?
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Jun 2009 12:10

    I just burnt the whole thing together on a stick, doused in kerosine. Not sure if that was proper etiquette? :wink:
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 12:17

    A Thing of Eternity wrote:I just burnt the whole thing together on a stick, doused in kerosine. Not sure if that was proper etiquette? :wink:


    The only official rule is that it be burned in a dignified way, so I kinda doubt it.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 12:19

    Eyes High wrote:When do a flag burning cermony; do you cut the field from the flag and burn it and the strips(still together) or do you remove the field and then cut the strips apart and then lay each piece on the fire one at a time?


    See my post above, there's no official cerimony, as long as it is "dignified". Groups like The American Legion (I'm a member) and the Boy Scouts all have their own individual cerimonies.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Jun 2009 12:20

    Freakzilla wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:I just burnt the whole thing together on a stick, doused in kerosine. Not sure if that was proper etiquette? :wink:


    The only official rule is that it be burned in a dignified way, so I kinda doubt it.



    Definitely not dignified…
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Eyes High » 09 Jun 2009 12:28

    Freakzilla wrote:
    Eyes High wrote:When do a flag burning cermony; do you cut the field from the flag and burn it and the strips(still together) or do you remove the field and then cut the strips apart and then lay each piece on the fire one at a time?


    See my post above, there's no official cerimony, as long as it is "dignified". Groups like The American Legion (I'm a member) and the Boy Scouts all have their own individual cerimonies.



    What do you think got the discussion started? Yeah, it seemed like it was in a scout book (can't remember if it was girl scouts or boys scouts) where I read about cutting the strips.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 12:50

    Baraka Bryan wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:I just burnt the whole thing together on a stick, doused in kerosine. Not sure if that was proper etiquette? :wink:


    The only official rule is that it be burned in a dignified way, so I kinda doubt it.



    Definitely not dignified…



    you crazy hippie :P


    I wonder if it would be dignified to roll up some pot in one and smoke it?

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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Jun 2009 12:52

    Freakzilla wrote:
    Baraka Bryan wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:I just burnt the whole thing together on a stick, doused in kerosine. Not sure if that was proper etiquette? :wink:


    The only official rule is that it be burned in a dignified way, so I kinda doubt it.



    Definitely not dignified…



    you crazy hippie :P


    I wonder if it would be dignified to roll up some pot in one and smoke it?

    :obscene-smokingjoint:


    With a Canadian flag it would be fine I imagine, not so much with the American? :lol:

    BB - the flags were all burnt for good causes, don't worry.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 12:53

    Freakzilla wrote:
    Baraka Bryan wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:
    Freakzilla wrote:
    A Thing of Eternity wrote:I just burnt the whole thing together on a stick, doused in kerosine. Not sure if that was proper etiquette? :wink:


    The only official rule is that it be burned in a dignified way, so I kinda doubt it.



    Definitely not dignified…



    you crazy hippie :P


    I wonder if it would be dignified to roll up some pot in one and smoke it?

    :obscene-smokingjoint:


    That's probably what Obama's doing with the original Constitution right now... some copies were even made with hemp paper.

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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby GamePlayer » 09 Jun 2009 12:54

    Hate the country, not the flag :lol: :P
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 12:58

    GamePlayer wrote:Hate the country, not the flag :lol: :P


    Judging by the content of his speaches durring his World Apology Tours I & II, I'd say he does. :wink:

    At least he's certainly not proud of it.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby A Thing of Eternity » 09 Jun 2009 13:03

    Freakzilla wrote:
    GamePlayer wrote:Hate the country, not the flag :lol: :P


    Judging by the content of his speaches durring his World Apology Tours I & II, I'd say he does. :wink:

    At least he's certainly not proud of it.


    I don't know, is it more patriotic to admit your countrie's weaknesses and failings, but to continue to serve and love it anyways, or to ignore those faults in order to sustain one's love of the country?

    I can go off for hours about all the terrible things in Canada's past and present, but I still consider it one of the (not the) best countries in the world.
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    Re: Flag Day June 14 (US)

    Postby Freakzilla » 09 Jun 2009 13:15

    He can't do both? Why ONLY talk about the bad things?
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