This Memorial Day weekend, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of the service men and women who have gone before us and to those still fighting for us today. One of the many ways Americans honor our heroes is by flying the American flag. In 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Flag Code, which states the proper guidelines for displaying the American flag. So, if you’re planning to fly Old Glory this weekend at your house, here are some rules to remember:
When you are looking at the flag (whether hung vertically or horizontally), the blue field of stars should always be on the viewers left side at the top.
Traditionally, the flag is to be displayed outdoors only from sunrise to sunset, but it can stay there 24 hours a day if it’s properly illuminated. To meet this requirement, try solar lights that charge throughout the day and shine bright at night, or a garden spotlight set on a timer.
Generally, it is discouraged to fly the flag during bad weather, such as sleet, hail or a snow storm. If you plan to keep it out during all weather, try to find an “all weather” flag so that it does not become damaged.
Half-Mast (on a pole):
If you have a flag pole in your yard, the flag should be flown at half-mast during tragic loss or mourning of past events in history. Sometimes the President of the United States will even give the order to fly flags at half-mast. You can also fly your flag at half-mast on Memorial Day (until noon), Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and September 11th.
We’d love to see pictures of how you decorate for Patriotic holidays – post them below! We hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day and that your flag shines brightly!