During the last 200 years, our flag has been modified 26 times and until the Flag Code was passed on June 14, 1923, there was no federal regulation on how to display it. Here are the dos and don'ts of flying our flag.
It is customary to display the flag between sunrise and sunset. If flown at night it should be illuminated.
Fold the flag correctly:
1. Fold the flag in half width-wise twice.
2. Fold up a triangle, starting at the all-striped end and repeat until only the end of the union is exposed.
3. Fold the remaining square into the triangle and tuck inside the folds. A triangle of just the blue field of stars should be visible.
When displayed on the same flagpole with another flag such as a state or society flag, the United States flag should always be on top.
When displaying the flag on a stage at an indoor event, place it to the right of the speaker; other flags to the left.
The United States flag is always the first to be raised and the last to be lowered. It should be raised briskly, but lowered slowly and solemnly.
Salute the flag by placing your right hand over your heart.
Face the flag when the national anthem is played or sung.
For disposal take the flag to an American Legion Post, VFW or local Scout troup for a dignified flag burning ceremony. Contact them for details.
Don't use the flag as drapery or a decoration. Use red, white and blue bunting for draping with the blue stripe on top.
Don't draw on the flag with any mark, letter or word of any kind.
Don't allow any part of the flag to touch the ground.
Don't use the flag as clothing except for a flag patch worn by the military personnel or public servants such as policemen and firemen.
Don't use the flag to transport other items.
The flag is more than fabric and thread; its stitching represents our history, values and ideals. Now that summer is here with many of our patriotic holidays, use these guidelines and fly Old Glory with respect and pride.