Stars and Stripes: Tips for Displaying Our American Flag
Did you know Liberty County is home to the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River? Fort Stewart has been a major part of the history in our county ever since the 1940s when it was established as an anti-aircraft artillery training center prior to US involvement in World War II.
This Thursday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day. It is a federal holiday created to honor our United States military veterans who served in the armed forces. The last 79 years have had such a strong impact on our community, and we look forward to many more with our military friends.
Therefore, to honor Fort Stewart, the veterans who call Liberty County home and our military friends from all over the country, we thought a blog all about our great American Flag was in order this November.
Basic guidelines for displaying our beautiful stars and stripes are fairly easy to follow. Here is a list of some things to keep in mind anytime you are displaying the flag.
Make sure the flag never touches the ground when you are hoisting, lowering or moving it.
The flag should only be flown during daylight hours unless it is kept well lit.
The flag should not be on display during bad weather.
The Union (blue section) should be to an observer’s left when displayed.
When raising the flag, it should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
If there is more than one flag on the same staff, be sure the American flag is at the very top.
The flag should never be used as apparel, bedding, or drapery.
The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, carried flat or horizontally, but always allowed aloft and free.
In the event that your American flag becomes worn and is no longer presentable. You need to be sure to dispose of it properly. If you are unsure of the proper way to dispose of the flag, most American Legion posts as well as Boy and Girl Scout troops can help retire a flag.
We hope these tips and guidelines help you celebrate our red, white and blue beauty every day. Remember that here in Liberty County we support all of our active-duty troops and veterans every single day.
We are so thankful for the rich military history that our county has! We want to thank each and every member of the U.S. Armed Forces for the sacrifices they make and for their pledge to keep our country safe.