Posted by: Jim | August 7, 2007

The Flag Code


Many Americans do not realize that there is a formal code for how our flag should be handled.

  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
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    1. You missed one: The flag should never be the backdrop to shirtless African-American sprinters pulling muscle poses after winning Olympic Gold.

    2. I have some others:

      *The flag should not be worn as a stylized lapel pin by people who claim to be patriots, but ruthlessly sell out the values the flag represents whilst claiming their actions are in your best interest.

      *The flag should not be raised at the Neo-Con Space Station where Supreme Commander Bush II ordered the Sonic Gravity Generator attacks against the I-35 bridge in MSP and the coal mine in Utah.

      Just my two cents here.


    3. Served in the Air Force, know the code. Mocking the code and/or the flag itself – also not cool, but go ahead and claim your First Amendment right .

      Must be dark in that cave. Come on out where it’s light, guys 😉

      My two cents.

    4. The flag should not be draped over the face of statues of deposed dictators, as the whole world watches, while trying to persuade the world that the USA is a liberator, not an occupier.

      I am not a US citizen, so you can count me out of claiming any rights under the Constitution, I’ll say what I please on the matter, freely, and without paying any heed to a wagging finger reprimand from Todd.

    5. Todd, I hope you’re not taking my post as mockery. That’s not what I intended. I take the code very seriously.

    6. Jim, your post does not come across as mockery at all in my opinion.

    7. Not you, Jim, although you could have also made the accompanying picture a proper picture instead of the upside down one. I’m aiming more at the folks who use it in jest.

    8. It’s upside down because I am making a distress call.

    9. If Todd only knew…
      He’s upside-down too.

      * * *

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