Archive for December 30th, 2001

The Flag

Here’s some learnin for ya. Did you know we have a Flag Code? It’s a set of rules for how to and how to not handle the American Flag. This is what you should NOT do with the flag:

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose.
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and memvers of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object. To store the flag, it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously. The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Yup, there ya go. Don’t do that.