No matter which flag you buy, whether an American Flag or a flag for your state, you can extend the life of your flag by keeping it in good condition. Here are some simple steps to take:
1. Keep your flag clean - You can wipe the flag with a damp cloth. You can also hand wash the flag with mild soap. Then line dry.
2. When flying your flag be sure it can fly freely and without obstruction.
3. When storing your flag, make sure it is completely dry and properly folded so it stays neat.
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code Title 4, Chapter 1 referred to as The Federal Flag Code. This outlines how a flag is to be treated, displayed, disposed of etc. You can download a summary/report of this code prepared for Congress.
*”The Union” refers to the blue field on the U.S. Flag
Displaying On A Wall
When the flag is displayed against a wall vertically or horizontally, its union should be at the top, to the flag’s own right and to the observer’s left.
Here is the correct method for folding the United States Flag. This is from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. You can download a pdf with these instructions:
According to The Federal Flag Code:
"The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
Although there is no specific procedure or ceremony outlined, it is implied such disposal be done with respect since The Federal Flag Code talks about the respectful treatment of the American Flag.
There are many organizations in your community that will dispose of your flag if you prefer. These organizations include Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
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