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Etiquette of the Stars and Stripes

Sep 25th, 2010 | Categories: Americana | by Michael Williams

Comments: 17

17 Comments to “Etiquette of the Stars and Stripes”

  1. Fausto
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 2:16 AM

    I love this post, I only wish more kids knew about flag etiquette! What’s interesting is the meaning behind the 13 folds of the US flag by an honor guard.

  2. Al
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 8:00 AM

    I had a summer job as a janitor back in ’79, and one of my duties was raising the flag in the morning and lowering it in the afternoon. Not knowing any better, I let if touch the ground. A WWII veteran happened to pass by one day, pulled into the circular drive where I and the flag were, and reamed me for my discourteous treatment of the flag. I was mortified, but apologized and never forgot. Although I would have appreciated a kinder rebuke, this was a man who put his life on the line defending the flag and much more, so I deserved what I got. Every American student should be required to learn these rules imho, but I am sure in this age of hyper-political correctness, some group would be offended and some judge would determine that it’s unconstitutional.

  3. Dave
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 9:13 AM

    When I was in Boy Scouts, it was a mortal sin to let the flag touch the ground. And it was inforced by the scouts, not the scout leaders. If it did touch the ground, you would never hear the end of it.

    These colors don’t run!

  4. mike
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 9:19 AM

    We still teach most of this in scouts.

  5. Erik
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 9:41 AM

    Fausto, I wish more adults knew about flag etiquette.

  6. mac
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 10:00 AM

    for all y’all flag lovers, make sure you get a flag made right here in these old united states

  7. Jason W. Dean
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 10:05 AM

    Mike, thanks for pointing that out – I remember having to learn all this at some point in Scouts, earlier on. I still cringe every time I see a flag displayed incorrectly.

  8. rainer.
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 10:30 AM

    “Never use it for advertising purposes in any form.”. I’d never heard that tidbit before. Interesting.

  9. robbie
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 11:31 AM

    wonderful find

  10. Russ
    on Sep 25th, 2010
    @ 4:33 PM

    ‘…nothing but the BIBLE should rest upon it.”

    Fair enough. Wondering how many Americans would consider the same approach by other cultures with a different flag and religion to be extremist?

  11. Raoul
    on Sep 26th, 2010
    @ 3:36 AM

    What was it Samuel Johnson said on that evening in April 1775?

  12. kevin
    on Sep 26th, 2010
    @ 8:38 PM

    learned some of this stuff back when i was in the marine corps….good to see it on here…

  13. D. Buckner
    on Sep 27th, 2010
    @ 11:58 AM

    Every morning, rain or shine, we raise OUR FLAG at our small Coast Guard station accompanied by music. It’s a pretty boistrous affair-
    Just past the gate there are people walking by and I am always amazed and a bit let down by their apathy. Most don’t even look.

    Flag ettiquette is as rare as the sentiment that inspires it.

  14. Michael Williams
    on Sep 27th, 2010
    @ 11:59 AM

    D. Buckner — Thanks for the comment. Where are you stationed?

  15. Alexander
    on Sep 30th, 2010
    @ 9:30 PM

    Amazing post, hung a flag in the house today and kept those stripes off the ground!

  16. Skye Campbell
    on Oct 1st, 2010
    @ 2:01 AM

    I now know more about the USA flag than my own….. Australia but I love both are red, white and blue and stars are significant on both flags.

  17. D. Buckner
    on Oct 1st, 2010
    @ 7:01 AM


    I’m at Georgia’s Golden Isles at the moment. Under the oaks.
    Thanks for the post,