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.
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.
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.