Flag Day

Hey guys, so today is Flag Day here in the US of A. I have never really given the day much thought. I honestly don’t remember celebrating it much when I was younger. Not until a family member went off the deep end politically. He kinda took patriotism WAY to far on the deep end.

Anyway, I realized that I don’t really know alot about the holiday in general. I also figure, many of you might not know alot about the holiday either. So, I’m going to give you some fact’s about Flag Day.

• In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. -Wikipedia

• In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; on August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

• According to American legend, in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for the new nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence.

Here’s some flag etiquette-

The do’s

  • To raise the flag, hoist it up “briskly,” but lower it “ceremoniously.”
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
  • If you’re raising other national flags too, the U.S. flag should be raised first and lowered last.
  • The U.S. flag should always be in the center and highest when displayed with other flags.
  • If displaying the flag off a staff, it should be displayed flat.
  • If the flag is being shown on a wall, door or window, the blue section, also known as the Union, should go on your left when displayed horizontally. If you are displaying it vertically, the Union should stay in the upper left-hand corner.
  • If you are covering a casket with the flag, put the Union at the upper right-hand corner.
  • A flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. But it may be displayed 24 hours a day if illuminated.

The don’ts

  • The flag should never be displayed with the stars down, unless as a signal of dire distress.
  • The flag should never touch anything underneath it, such as the floor, the ground, water or merchandise.
  • The flag shouldn’t be displayed outdoors during bad weather.
  • Don’t ever carry the flag flat or horizontally; it should always be aloft and free.
  • Don’t improperly dispose of a flag.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or to cover a desk, drape a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • 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 not be used for advertising and should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.
  • Information gathered from USA Today.
  • So there you have it! Some fun facts about Flag Day.

Be Strong and Courageous

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