Flag Day

From the U. S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10 :

§176. Respect for the flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

  • (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
  • (b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  • (c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
  • (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
  • (e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
  • (f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
  • (g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
  • (h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
  • (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
  • (k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

In the spirit of subsection (j), hail to the Flag! Emblem of our highest ideals and aspirations; may it remind us to strive always to live up to the ideals it represents and embodies.

Happy flag day! (photo is of our home Liberty shrine)

Home shrine to Libertas/Lady Liberty


3 thoughts on “Flag Day

  1. Feral Boy

    The controversy about enacting legislation about flag burning had me puzzled, in that it would have conflicted directly with item K of the flag code.

    In a larger sense, it shows the erosion of our civil liberties, and it attracted so much attention that more important issues went unnoticed. Our government’s division of powers has been compromised, ordinary citizens are no longer guaranteed a fair trial by their peers, nor are they assured any access to those governing them.

    Not to mention the administration’s guidelines on torture…

    I stand by my country, but I do not deify those who hold the reins of power, or the symbols that they hide behind. And NO symbol should be held to be more sacred than any of the people that it represents.

  2. executivepagan Post author

    Well, see, there’s burning and then there’s burning… which of course is true (up to a point). The larger issue, which you alluded to but didn’t address directly, is that flag burning as a public act of protest has been defined as political “speech” by the Supreme Court (in Texas v. Johnson, 1989), and political speech – above all other categories – is the primary form of speech that the First Amendment was intended to protect.

  3. Feral Boy

    Exactly … It is too bad that proposed legislation (and interpretation of such by the Administration) is going the other way. There has already been sequestration of protesters in designated areas far away from government officials, and two friends of my wife’s have been blacklisted from entering the Missouri statehouse, after they travelled to the Middle East (Jordan and Iran, I believe). The “land of the free” may not last much longer. I hope that we may earn our freedoms again — and especially preserve our freedom to worship as we choose.

    — Feral Boy

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