Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our Flag

Our Flag

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.


Linda said...

I couldn't agree more, Margaret. Thanks for this important information!

Denise said...

This is another great post Margaret. As a relatively 'new' American, I very much appreciated it.
An English Girl Rambles

Judy said...

May God bless America and you for posting this Margaret. She is truly a beautiful image. I learned something, too. Thanks.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I totally agree Margaret that The American Flag (or any other countries flag) being burned is an outrage,
It is an insult.

Thanks for the visits and comments I to appreciate them.
Have a good week.

chubskulit said...

Hello Ms. Margaret, it's been a while since my last visit here. Pardon me for that, I have been busy with my kids lately.

Tanks for this valuable information about the American Flag, I am a foreigner here so I am always glad to read factual information about the country.

kavita said...

A National Flag symbolizes the nation--must be respected ,no matter what.Burning flags,religious scriptures doesn't solve anything but only propagates hatred and at times violence.

Thanks for sharing this informative post.

Kay said...

Excellent information, Margaret. We often forget what our flag stands for and how to treat it properly and respectfully.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Margaret:)

Very useful post and very informative.

In the modern days many people don't know much about the national flag.Some of them disrespect it not knowing the importance of the flag.No one bothers to teach these things to young children.

All nations are proud of their flag and this is an undisputed fact.People will die for their flag.

Best wishes:)

A New Beginning said...

I agree with Kavita...totally agreed!

Babli said...

I have seen in news that the people were burning USA flag and its really very sad and disappointing. Everybody should have a great respect for the National Flag. Very well written.

Patty said...

Excellent post. Happy week-end. Daughter and I, mostly daughter, put down 80 bags of mulch yesterday and today. Tiring to say the least.

Becky and Gary said...

A memorable post Margaret, and we should ever be mindful what this Flag means to us all! Freedom!

Anonymous said...

Old soldiers, like me, have a tearful place in our hearts for the flag of our country.

Nice post.

shooting star said...

Flag burning(american or any other) is a very bad thing...
however, to your reference to the third world countries...did they ask for help???
most of the time not!!...its USA going there in search of some free oil(case in point iraq in which its running the very very samaritan act of ' oil for food' program) and terming it as an act of charity and offence meant but this is just a view from someone who sees it from the other side of the USA

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Always enjoy reading your very interesting post Margaret. Have a super great week. xo

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing.

You have been awarded the “One Lovely Blog Award” on my blog.

~ Missy

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~~ I agree with you, no National flag should ever be burned or
disrespected. I enjoyed your post and also the thought provoking one about our souls.
You always find great things to post.
Thank you for your comments on my blog.
Those larrikins weren't my sons, but my brother and his friend of 40 years. They are like brothers. I liked to find out the origins of a lot of sayings. I have
heard about "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water, but didn't know where it came from. I am glad you enjoyed my previous posts and for your prayer for my cousin. She died on Saturday, but it was a blessing as she had alot of problems and alzheimers. A release for her. Take care, dear friend, Love, Merle.

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