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Facts and Instruction about Flying, Displaying,
and Caring for Flags and Banners
Also some interesting facts about the structure, display or history of flags


According to popular usage, the length of the flag should be between one-quarter and one-third of the height of the flagpole from the ground. The recommended size for a one or two-story house is 3'x5', or 4'x6' for a larger two-story house, or 5'x8' for a three-story house.
  • When the U.S. flag is displayed on a short staff or on a floor mounted staff where it cannot be lowered to half staff, the proper way to indicate mourning is by tying a black bow made of ribbon above a full staffed US flag.
     
  • The POW-MIA flag designed in 1970 is now the second most popular flag sold after the U.S. flag.
     
  • Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service for their country. At first the Holiday served to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I it expanded to include those who had died in any war or military action.
     

  • When displaying all 50 state flags they should be arranged in the order that they were admitted to the Union.
     

  • The Bennington Flag which depicts 13 stars and the numerals "76" was never an official American flag.
     

  • The U.S. Union Jack was the first style of the U.S. Naval flag and should be displayed only when the boat is in port and only on Sundays and Holidays.
     

  • When displaying bunting that has three plain stripes of red, white and blue, the blue stripe should be positioned on top.
     

  • Idaho is the only state that has never been under a foreign flag.
     

  • The U.S. Flag always flew on the top of the White House regardless of whether or not the President and First Family are at home.
     

  • May 1777 — Betsy Ross reports that she sewed the first American flag.

     

  • The last modification to our present U.S. Flag:  The United States flag today. The 50th star was added on July 4, 1960 for Hawaii, which entered the Union on August 21, 1959. 



WHAT DO THE COLORS RED, WHITE AND BLUE OF THE AMERICAN FLAG SYMBOLIZE?

The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors.  However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows:  White to mean purity and innocence, Red for valor and hardiness, and Blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.   According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way:  The stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country.  However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.

 


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