American Legion Flag Etiquette
Display Your Flag
should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on
all days when the weather permits, especially on:
New Year's Day, January 1
Martin Luther King's Birthday, Third Monday in January
Washington's Birthday, February 22
Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May
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
American Legion Day, September 16th
Constitution Day, September 17th
Columbus Day, October 12th
Veterans Day, November 11th
Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day, December 25th
Election Days (various)
Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may
be different from the actual dates. Such days as may be
proclaimed by the President of the United States. State
and Local Holidays.
Bring the striped half up over the blue field.
Step 2: Then fold it in half again.
Step 3: Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge
forming a triangle.
Step 4: Then fold the upper point in to form another
triangle. Continue until the entire length of the flag
Step 5: When you get near the end - nothing but the blue
field showing - tuck the last bit into the other folds
to secure it.
At military funerals the honor guard pays meticulous
attention to correctly folding the American flag 13
times. Why is that? Each fold of the U.S. flag has an
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal
3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of
the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of
their lives for the defense of our country to attain
peace throughout the world.
4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as
American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn
in times of peace as well as in time of war for His
5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in
the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing
with other countries, may she always be right; but it is
still our country, right or wrong."
6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is
with our heart that we 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.
7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces,
for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our
country and our flag against all her enemies, whether
they are found within or without the boundaries of our
8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered
into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might
see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it
flies on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has
been through their faith, their love, loyalty and
devotion that the character of the men and women who
have made this country great has been molded.
10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he,
too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of
our country since they were first born.
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen
represents the lower portion of the seal of King David
and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God
of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian
citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies,
in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are
uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We
Trust". After the flag is completely folded and tucked
in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever
reminding us of the soldiers who served under General
George Washington, and the sailors and marines who
served under Captain John Paul Jones. Those who were
followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed
Forces of the United States, preserving for us the
rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
Important Flag Facts
important flag facts that everyone should know...
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the
ground or any other object; it should be received by
waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be
folded neatly and ceremoniously.
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or
thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress
- The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for
covering a speakers desk, draping 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 be used for any
advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered,
printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as
cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything
intended to be discarded after temporary use.
Advertising signs should not be attached to the
staff or halyard.
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume
or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be
used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman,
policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- 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 never be used as a receptacle
for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a
symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning
in a dignified manner.
Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a
dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June
14th. Contact your local American Legion Hall and
inquire about the availability of this service.
Displaying The Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from
a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at
the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another
flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit -
the flag of the United States must always be at the top
except that the church pennant may be flown above the
flag during church services for Navy personnel when
conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be
hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If
the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union
should be farthest from the building.
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