If you're flying the Stars and Stripes today for the 4th of July, you may be wondering about the proper way to display and take care of the flag.
Melanie Poole with the American Village was on Good Day Alabama today and gave a few pointers on how to treat the American flag.
How to properly display the American flag:
1. Display between sunrise and sunset unless illuminated.
2. The union, or blue field with stars, should always be in the upper left when the viewer is facing it, whether you are displaying the flag vertically or horizontally; when on a flagpole, the union should be at the top.
3. The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground, or touch the water if you are displaying on a boathouse or pier, and should be folded when stored.
4. When displaying along with other flags, the US flag should be higher than a state or company flag; when with the flags of other nations, it should be at the far left, and no other flag can be larger or higher.
5. On a stage, the flag should be above and behind the speaker's podium, to the speaker's right, the audience's left.
6. Take down the flag before inclement weather so that it will not become damaged.
7. Never display a torn or tattered flag.
8. A flag flown upside down is an emergency signal.
9. When flying a flag at half staff, always raise it to the pinnacle, then lower it to half staff; when lowering for the day, raise it again to the pinnacle of the flagpole before lowering all the way.
10. Disposal of the flag should be done in a respectful manner; burning in private is considered respectful. Veterans' groups also collect damaged flags for proper disposal.
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