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Flag Etiquette

The Pledge Of Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Flag Code

For clarification of responsibilities dealing with the flag of the United States please see the Flag Code.
When To Display Your Flag
The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, but especially on:
• New Year’s Day, January 1.
• Inauguration Day.
• President’s Day.
• Easter Sunday.
• Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May.
• Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May.
• Flag Day, June 14th.
• Independence Day, July 4th.
• Labor Day, First Monday in September.
• Constitution Day, September 17th.
• Columbus Day, October 12th.
• Veterans Day, November 11th.
• Election Days (various).
• Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates.
• The birthdays of each branch of the Armed Forces
• Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
• State and Local Holidays.

How To Fold Your Flag

• Bring the striped half up over the blue field.
• Then fold it in half again.
• Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.
• Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle.
• Continue until the entire length of the flag is folded.
• When you get near the end
• nothing but the blue field showing
• tuck the last bit into the other folds to secure it.

Flag Disposal

When the Flag of the United States becomes faded, soiled, or torn, it should be destroyed by burning.

Star Spangled Banner

by Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!