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Red, White and Blue-A Salute to Old Glory on Federal Holidays

Updated on June 6, 2016

Old Glory a part of Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Civic Holidays

Red, white and blue a salute to old glory on Memorial Day. Every American has their own memories of Old Glory on Memorial Day the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Civic Holidays . Most of us remember the days when each school day started with the Pledge to the Flag. It was probably one of our proudest moments when we finally memorized the words to the Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all

Since the time we were first taught to respect the American flag, many world events have happened to each of us testing our true allegiance. On Memorial Day we honor those who have fallen in the fight to keep America the land of the free. On other Civic holidays like the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Flag Day and Veteran's Day we also fly Old Glory.

Displaying the Flag

It doesn't matter how you display the flag, vertically or horizontally, the union ( blue area with the stars), must always be in the top left corner.

Mourning

The flag is flown at half mast, raise it to the top of the pole first, and lower it to half mast. The evening routine is the reverse process, the flag is raised to the top of the pole and then lowered folded and stored for the evening.

Order

When flags are grouped the American flag should always be flown highest. State flags, other types of flags are not be flown evenly or above the American flag. National flags from other countries are flown at same height as the American flag.

Handling

Never allow the American flag to touch the ground while handling it. The official Flag Code, states that it should never touch anything beneath.

Funerals

The death of a member of the military calls for the coffin to be draped with a flag. Lay it across the casket with the union over the left shoulder of the deceased military member. Remove the flag from the casket, fold it into the traditional triangle. It is then presented to the closest living relative.

Disposal

Local Veterans organizations generally collect damaged American flags which are ceremonially destroyed, usually by burning them. If you have a flag you would like to dispose give them a call.

Flag Design

A Short History

A Short History of Our Modern flag

Each change of the American Flag was carefully designed to accommodate the amount of stars and stripes needed to complete a modern flag. As states were added the design was modified, and the proportion were adjusted to create the esthetical arrangement we know an love today.

The Evolution of the Flag

The Act of January 13, 1794 - called for 15 stripes and 15 stars on all American flags after May 1795.

The Act of April 4, 1818 - changed the design to 13 stripes and one star for each state, and was signed by President Monroe.

The Executive Order of President Taft, June 24, 1912 - outlined the proportions of the flag, arranging the stars in horizontal rows.of eight.

The Executive Order of President Eisenhower, January 3, 1959 - changed the arrangement of stars to be in seven rows of seven stars each,

The Executive Order of President Eisenhower,August 21, 1959 - again changed the arrangement of the stars into nine rows and eleven rows of stars vertically.

The last state to be admitted was Hawaii in December of 1959, changing the flag came in 1960.

Hang Your American Flag Properly

My flag flying high and free

My flag flying high and free
My flag flying high and free

The American Flag

Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave

Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave
Welcome to the land of the free and the home of the brave

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Saluting and Symbolism

Saluting the flag and symbolism of the colors.

Saluting the Flag

When the flag is displayed or passes such as a parade, pay your respects by standing straight up and putting your right hand over your heart. Hats are removed and held in the left hand. Military personnel salute the flag as it passes, while veterans out of uniform place their hands over their heart.

Citizens from other countries are expected to show respect by standing silently until the flag passes. The same applies anytime the pledge of Allegiance is said or the National Anthem is played or sung. The flag is a symbol of American patriotism and the continued commitment to freedom.

Symbolism of the flags ColorsRED Valor and zeal

WHITE- Stands for Hope and cleanliness of Life

BLUE -Stand for the Reverence and Loyalty (blue is the color of the heavens)

STARS- Stand for the Constellation of the states, each a part the nation, each representing a separate state

Stars are an ancient symbol for the heavens, the reason they were incorporated into the flag

Celebrate The United States of America

Celebrate The United States of America
Celebrate The United States of America

Do You Fly the American Flag for Memorial Day or Special Days?

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    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Yes! And I use to have a flag on my car all year around.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I sure do, and on the 4th of July. :)

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      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      Have a healthy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Don't drink and drive.

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