US History website, Betsy Ross a widowed patriot was the personal tailor for hero and the nation's first president George Washington. On June 14, 1885, a young teacher, Bernard J. Cigrand began his lifelong obsession to revive respect for the flag and bring recognition to the quintessential American symbol the same flag.Since June 14, 1777, the U.S. has observed the stars and stripes as its official flag. Several flag designs were flown above America after the revolution, including the emblem designed by Betsy Ross. According to the
It was President Truman that made Flag Day an official national observance. Paying homage to the date, he designated every June 14 to be National Flag Day. Accompanying official recognition for the flag was a written flag code meant to bestow honor upon this national symbol. If you decide to fly the Stars and Stripes on Flag Day, you should observe the official standards of respect.
Fly the code properly with the stars positioned at the top of the pole and the striped line at the bottom. Never use the flag as a tablecloth or covering. The Flag Code says that using the flag as an article of clothing or accessory is disrespecting the flag. Flag flyers should not sew letters or write words on the flag.
When removing the flag, it should never dip or touch the ground. Store the flag after cleaning and fold it neatly. Flags that are torn or are no longer fit to fly should be burned respectfully. The website USFlag.com says that Boy Scout, Girl Scout and many veterans' associations provide flag burning ceremonies on June 14th.
Flags of Other Countries
Other countries like Mexico have specific flag etiquette standards, too. The flag of Mexico is to be raised swiftly but lowered slowly. In times of distress, the Mexican flag may be flown upside-down. France has strict etiquette standards for the flag. When flown with other flags, the French flag must rise first and be lowered last.
Participate in this well-respected, patriotic holiday by displaying a flag on your porch or in your yard. Follow the flag rules and fly this inspiring symbol in the proper manner.