Happy Flag Day, America: A helpful guide

American Flag Between Fire trucks

Our American Flag was first adopted on June 14, 1777. So now, 240 years later, we celebrate on this date — honoring Old Glory and all those who courageously fought for it. You’ll find one waving at every MISSION BBQ, of course. Yet we’re most proud to see them on front porches in Our Communities … at Military Bases, Firehouses, Police Stations, and Emergency Responder buildings … in our schools and local government buildings … wherever Americans show national pride.

The U.S. Flag Code 
Want to know about the proper way to fly your flag? There is actually a public law adopted by Congress in 1942. Learn more here:  www.military.com/flag-day/us-flag-code.html. And if you’d like to clear up a few misconceptions that sometimes occur, this should set it straight: 

“You must destroy a flag when it touches the ground.”
The flag is never supposed to touch the ground, but if that happens by accident it does not need to be destroyed. As long as your flag remains in good condition, it may continue to be displayed as a symbol of our great country.

“A flag used to cover a casket cannot be used again.”
The truth is, a flag that has been used to cover a casket can be used for any proper display purpose, including from a staff or flagpole. To many, it may have even more meaning, honoring the sacrifices of Our Heroes.

“It is ok to fly a flag all day and all night”
The American flag should always be properly lit if it’s flown overnight. The code states: “when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”

“Flags can’t be washed or dry cleaned when they’re dirty.”
To look their best, flags should always be clean. In fact, Instead of destroying a dirty flag, the Flag Code actually encourages careful washing or dry cleaning.

We hope this helps. Over our land of the free, long may She wave. Happy Flag Day!

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