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June 1st, 2021

US Flag Etiquette

The United States of America has a rich history of honor and respect for those who have served and protected it’s freedoms. It is this rich history, which breathes life and meaning into American symbolism. No other symbols are as iconic as the United States flag. The stars and stripes have flown above our heads for generations, and as a result we have developed traditions which maintain the dignity of those who came before us. 

The United States is a diverse country, formed with populations of people from all walks of life. It is easy to lose this sense of belonging, in a country full of different ideas, experiences, and circumstances for its people. Yet, the US flag stands as a reminder, that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice, for all. 

Anyone who calls themselves an American, has a duty to respect the symbolism which ties all of us together, under one identity. In order to honor a greater sense of identity, larger than one individual, the US flag etiquette has common practices to follow when flying the United States flag, here are a few. 

US Flags Never Touch the Ground

The United States flag is meant to fly with honor and glory. We fly the US flag high because it serves as a symbol for something greater than any one individual. The US flag represents a higher calling, a greater purpose, a larger representation of past and present American lives. It is the physical representation of hope and prosperity. We raise the US flag high above the ground, as something to look up to. We stand on the ground with our feet in the trenches of life. And face hardships, challenges, and failures. We live in a world that requires our hands and feet to get dirty. In our pursuit of success, no one arrives unscathed. 

That is why we raise the United States flag high above the ground. Although we stand in the trenches of our present life, the US flag symbolizes an ideology of hope, freedom and prosperity which can’t be touched in the physical world. It represents the transcendent goal of a better future. It’s an idea larger than individualism. It is our history, our story, our future connected through time as the United States of America. 

Fly Your US Flag from Sunrise to Sundown 

According to the US Flag Code, the United States flag should only be flown during the daylight hours. There is an exception to this rule when an illuminating light is provided either from above or below the flag. Why is this important? 

As we’ve mentioned, the United States flag is a unifying symbol greater than any one individual. We raise the US flag high to represent an ideology Americans can look up to. That same philosophy is something that should never fall in the dark. We fly the US flag in the light, to never forget where we have been and where we are going. 

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US Flag Etiquette

Raise the US Flag Above All Other Flags

As an American, it is important to remember that although we are diverse in our opinions and beliefs, we still belong to one nation. It is common practice to never fly any other flag higher than the United States flag. This applies to raising and lowering flags as well. If your flags are in need of service, always lower non-US flags first. The same applies to raising flags. Never raise non-US flags until the stars and stripes have taken their proper position. This is symbolic of placing greater value on the country, over individual beliefs. 

Find the full flag code here! Or for more information on how to properly treat the United States flag, please reach out to us at 303-431-1117 or visit our store today. We are happy to help any way we can! 

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