I am writing a post about our American flag. I saw "again" on TV the burning of our flag, this makes me so mad. It is in those third world countries and usually we are in their countries helping to rebuild or supporting them some how.
Our American flag is the most recognized symbol of the United States. I am going to just touch on some of the facts that go along with the flag.
The flag maybe decorated with fringe surrounding only the perimeter, as long as it does not deface the flag proper.. The flag is usually flown on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Independence Day. Here are a list of days to fly the flag; Jan. 1st, Feb. 12th, in May the 3rd Saturday, June 14th., July 4th., Labor Day in Sept., in Oct. the second Monday, and Veterans Day Nov. 11th. Some places display the American flag constantly.
The flag should never touch the ground and if flown at night it must be illuminated. When it becomes tattered you may repair it or replace it. If your flag is to tattered to repair, destroy it in a dignified manner or burn it. The American Legion and other organizations regularly conduct flag burning cermonies, often on flag day, which is June 14th. The flag should not be used in advertising, wearing apparel, bedding or for drapes. I have seen the flag used in all of these situations.
If you have to fly the flag at half mask in respect or mourning do it this way. Hoist it briskly to the top of the pole and slowly lower it three quarters of the height of the pole.
The flag did not appear on postage stamps until 1926 and it was "Betsy Ross" flag with its circle of 13 stars. The 48 stars appeared in 1931 and the first stamp to show the flag by itself was in 1957. our flag has been changed 28 times since the 13 Union adopted it. One more thing, the flag if you fold it should be folded in a triangle shape.
I enjoyed finding out about "old Glory", she has been through a lot, from burning, shot to pieces and can we ever forget :"The Pledge of Allegiance"which is being saved for another post. You can check out Wikipedia to learn more and they show the different changes our flag has gone through. May God continue to bless America.