Carrying the Flag
Carrying an American Flag is a great way to pay tribute to flag and to the United States, but carrying it improperly can be disrespectful. The Flag Code specifies the rules and regulations of handling and displaying the flag in an appropriate manner.
Proper Procedure, Flag Etiquette, Codes and Rules for Carrying the American Flag
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Other Flag Q&A
Why can't the American Flag touch the ground?
According to flag code it is important to treat the American Flag with respect and care. The flag should not touch the ground because it is disrespectful to the flag. The flag should always be carried and displayed in a dignified way as it is a symbol for the United States of America.
Is it legal to wear the American Flag?
It is legal in the United States to wear the American Flag, however according to flag code it does violate the rules. It is disrespectful to the flag to be worn or to be used as decoration. For decorative purpose its best to use bunting or other patriotic décor.
How to dispose of an old American Flag?
According to the Flag Code, any American flag that is worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair should be retired in a respectful manner. The preferred method for disposing a flag in such condition is burning it. This may shock some, since it is a well known fact that burning the flag is illegal. You can burn the flag yourself, making sure it is done in a discreet and professional manner, or many organizations like the American Legion, the Boy Scouts Council and the Girl Scouts Council will perform a flag retirement ceremony and burn your flag for you. In this case, burning signifies purification and rebirth.
Although burning is the preferred method, it is also acceptable to seal your old flag in a box or bag and bury it. It is important to note that your community may also have a flag disposal box or location that you can recycle your tattered flag. The most important factor is showing respect to the flag during its disposal.
How to display a folded American Flag?
The American Flag may be folded for a number of reasons. Since the Flag Code specifies that the flag should not be carried flat, folding the flag may be necessary for transportation, storage or display. The flag is also folded by members of the Armed Forces after it is lifted from a casket at a military funeral, it is then given to the family.
The Flag Code does not specify a proper method on how the flag should be folded, but a standard flag will require thirteen folds. To specify there should be two lengthwise folds and eleven triangular folds.
U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7, Section 8, & Section 9.
The Care and Display of the American Flag by the Editors of SharpMan.com 2004.
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