If you own a small business and you wish to showcase pride in your country to others who pass by your establishment, you may have considered displaying a large American flag from a flagpole. This is a wonderful way to show your honor as long as you follow etiquette in the way the flag is handled in the process. Here are some standard American flag etiquette rules, found in detail in US Code, title 36, chapter 10, that should be closely followed after you install a flagpole on your property.
Attaching the Flag
After you have purchased a flagpole and have it properly seated into the ground in front of your building, you will want to string the flag from the line that will bring it to the top of the pole for all to see. When you attach the flag, it is important you do not allow it to touch the ground at all, as it is disrespectful to the flag. It is best to have someone else available to help you with the attachment process so you will avoid worry that the flag will scrape the ground during transfer to the pole. If you are displaying other flags along with the American flag, the American flag should always be placed at the top of the flagpole.
Flying at Night
If you wish to display your American flag continuously 24 hours a day, you must have adequate lighting to illuminate it from dusk until dawn. If you do not have spotlights available at your establishment, you will need to lower your flag each night at dusk. This should be done slowly and ceremoniously as a display of respect for your country. In the morning, the flag should be raised quickly to show your patriotism.
Handling a Ripped Flag
When purchasing a flag to display, it is best to look for a polyester, all-purpose flag so that you won't need to worry about inclement weather ripping the material. If you opt to buy a flag made from a delicate material, it will need to be taken down when a storm is present. A polyester flag will hold up for many years.
If you find your flag has become worn and it has holes or rips throughout the material, it will need to be retired from the flagpole and replaced with a new flag. Old flags should be given to a veteran's group or a scouting group so the disposal of them will be done in a ceremonial method, giving the flag a proper retirement with respect.
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