We know that on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag for the United States of America.

  • Display the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings or flagstaffs and at night, only if properly lighted.
  • The flag should be raised and lowered by hand and never raised furled.
  • Always hoist the flag briskly and lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag may be displayed on any day, but especially on national holidays.
  • On Memorial Day, display the flag at half-mast until noon only; then hoist it to the top of the staff.
  • When carried, the flag should be held aloft, never flat or horizontal.
  • Salute a flag when it passes by in a parade, during the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem, and in a ceremony raising or lowering it.
  • The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor, nor brush against any objects, nor be used as drapery of any sort.
  • The flag should never be displayed with the union down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger.
  • When a flag is no longer in a condition to be displayed, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning


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