On this date in 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. National Flag Day was signed into law in 1949, and citizens are encouraged to display Old Glory in front of their homes and businesses.
The website Military.com, an online military and veteran membership organization, offers the following rules of etiquette when it comes to properly displaying the American Flag:
- Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
- If you don’t plan on taking your flag down at sunset each day, it should be properly illuminated at night.
- Don’t use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.
- If you are flying multiple flags on the same staff, the American Flag should be placed above all others.
- Don’t store the flag where it can get dirty.
- When the American Flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall or other flat surface, the union (blue field of stars) should be uppermost and to the observer’s left.
There’s nothing like the red, white, and blue to make a statement. Fly the flag with honor today and throughout the year!