Local Historian Offers Tips For Properly Displaying And Disposing Of Flags

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hamilton County Historian Linda Moss Mines, Chairman of the History Department at GPS, is looking for tired, tattered and ragged flags.  “The U. S. Flag Code specifies that the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” said Ms. Mines.  She often visits schools and civic groups, conducting flag protocol workshops that conclude with the proper disposal of U. S. flags.  Ashes are later buried in a solemn ceremony.

Additionally, Ms.  Mines offers a few reminders about proper display of the U. S. flag:

1.  The U. S. flag should be displayed on all days, especially on national holidays.  During the next few weeks, several important holidays will be commemorated:  May 26, Memorial Day; June 6, D-Day; June 14, Flag Day and July 4, Independence Day.

2. The flag, most appropriately, should be displayed from a flagpole so that it can wave freely.

3.  If the flag is displayed hanging from a balcony or near a wall, the union should be in the upper left corner.

4.  The flag should only be displayed from sunrise to sunset unless it will be illuminated during the hours of darkness.

5.  The flag should not be displayed during inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag.

If you have a tattered flag for disposal or if you would like copies of the U. S. Flag Code for your group, email Ms. Mines at lsmines@gps.edu.  Flag Codes brochures are provided by the Chief John Ross Chapter of the DAR.


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