There is a code of rules that must be followed when flying the flag. 4 U.S.C. Section 4-10 dictates the following rules for handling and displaying the US Flag.
I must confess that the idea for this post came from a pamphlet I picked up at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I think it's great that this restaurant reminds people how to fly the American flag properly.
So here's what you need to remember:
- If you choose to display the flag 24 hours a day, it should be lighted at night.
- When raising and lowering the flag, hoist it briskly and lower it slowly and ceremoniously.
- Do not leave the flag out in the rain or snow or any other weather that might cause it to be damaged.
- The flag should not touch the ground, floor, water, or anything else beneath it.
- The flag should always be flown with the blue and white stars at the top.
- If you attach a flag to your car, it should be clamped to the right front fender. Flags should not be draped over the car.
- The flag should never be worn as apparel or a costume.
- If your flag becomes worn or no longer fitting for display, it should be destroyed properly and in a dignified manner. You can find help with this from your local VFW hall or Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts troupe.