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Proper Flag Etiquette for the 4th and Every Day

I get a lot of  what you would call Red White & Blue email…and I love it. Thanks to all who send. This came in over the weekend and it’s always a great reminder…especially for those who only break out Old Glory for Independence day.  Here are some tips to make sure your tribute is a respectful one:

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  • Display the flag only between sunrise and sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs. The flag may be displayed for twenty-four hours if illuminated in darkness.
  • Do not display the flag in inclement weather.
  • Whether displaying the flag vertically or horizontally, make sure the canton of stars is visible on the upper left-hand side.
  • Do not let the flag touch the ground.
  • An unusable flag that is damaged and worn and can no longer be displayed should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning.
  • When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tri-corner hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

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