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No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.


A of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

B of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

C of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

D of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

E of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

F of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

G of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

H of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

I of the U.S. flag code

The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

J of the U.S. flag code

No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

K of the U.S. flag code

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.



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How to Dispose of the U.S. Flag

Hand-held U.S. flagsOutdoor U.S. Flags begin to display faded colors and weatherworn edges as a result of regular use. Once a replacement U.S. Flag with new vibrant colors and sharp edges is flying proudly, proper retirement and disposal of the worn U.S. Flag is an American responsibility. Ceremonial retirement of a U.S. Flag includes steps such as: removing the union, the blue field, of the U.S. flag leaving only the stripes left or separating all the individual red and white stripes on the U.S. flag, creating individual strips for each color.

Official burning of the U.S. flag can be done through the American Legion, VFW posts and even some Boy Scout Troops. Check with these organizations, as some flags are polyester and can produce toxic fumes when burned. You can always return your worn U.S. flags to Carrot-Top Industries care of U.S. Flag Retirement and we will properly see to the retirement.


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