The beginning of June marks the countdown to US National Flag day.
This is a wonderful time to remember the importance and significance of the flag as well as a good time to inspect and retire flags.
When is US National Flag day? It is celebrated on June 14th each year.
For three decades the Flag resolution of 1777 was honored on a local and state level then it was established by President Wilson, and officially made an act of congress by President Truman. If you would like to read more about it visit USflag.org – History of Flag Day
This year now that my son is old enough I will be teaching him Flag Etiquette, for those of you that are wondering I will share a small portion of what that is and leave a link to it in its entirety.
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
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.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
Visit here for more on flag etiquette.
Its also noted that if you have a flag that is due for retirement there are plenty of places that will do so here is a link to four options for retiring your flag properly.