Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day!

Only tips his hat to our flag!

Today, June 14th is Flag Day, a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Here are some interesting tips about how to properly display our flag -

The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land and "half mast" on a ship.
When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.

Happy Flag Day fellow Americans!


Old Kitty said...

Happy Flag Day all at Cats of Wildcat Woods!!!!!

Take care

Noll said...

Cheers for the red, white and blue. Happy Flag day to you too :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Flag Day to you all!!!

Fambly kittens said...

How absolutely adorable. Thanks for the reminder about flag day!

Jacqueline said...

Happy Flag Day; a wonderful post filled with great information...We hope your day is full of fun and love sweet friends...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Brian's Home Blog said...

That was a great post y'all and Happy Flag Day to you too!

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Flag Day! Thanks for these tips!!

My Mind's Eye said...

Great information that I'm 100% sure many young people are no longer taught!! Thank you for sharing it and for the darling picture.
Madi and mom

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Happy Flag Day. You look very patriotic in your great hat.
A great post today!!

Kea said...

Happy Flag Day to you all!

Mishkat said...

Happy Flag Day! We looked up the flag retirement ceremony and it is impressive - thanks for letting us know.

Anonymous said...

oh my, so much informations on flags! who knew!

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy Flag Day!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Annie Bear said...

This is awesome! It was great to read all about our flag. Cute picture!

Happy Flag Day!

The Creek Cats said...

Thanks so much for the slippery elm suggestion, it's working great! I've definitely noticed good improvment in both of them!

Marg said...

Happy flag day to all of you. We did not know about the ceremony to end the flag by burning it. Great info about our great flag.
Have a great week.

Alexi said...

Happy Flag Day to you too! We love the Stars and Stripes!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Flag Day! And thanks for sharing all that info about our Stars and Stripes!

Katnip Lounge said...

These were interesting facts! Mommy did not know about the Boy Scouts performing the burning ceremony.
Happy Flag Day to you!

Pip said...

Dis a very good posts with lots of tips. We was just talking about some of this yesterday.
Happy flag day!

Ellen Whyte said...

Happy Flag Day, Cats of Wildcat Woods. Does this mean BBQ lunch and treats too?

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Flag Day, Friends! :)

We love Luna said...

What a beautiful homage, your picture is wonderful, you are adorable!Very interesting post, thanks for sharing!
purrs and love

catsynth said...

Thanks for reminding us of all the rituals and ceremonies surrounding our flag. It does have quite a history.



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