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Flag Etiquette

Flag Day is a day meant for Americans to celebrate our flag, its designers, and makers. Our flag represents our independence and unity as a nation. Our flag has a fantastic history full of amazing historical accounts. Many of these historical stories involve our very own Arlington Virginia! In fact our flag has been used to lead men in the battle field, it has been flown to show respect for fallen leaders and heroes, and it still stands on the face of the moon!


Many Americans enjoy displaying the flag year round and others only display it for Memorial Day, Flag Day,  and Independence Day. If you already enjoy displaying the flag, or would like to display a flag this month for Flag Day at your Wildwood Park apartment, here are a few guidelines to follow in order to show proper respect for the flag.  


Basic Flag Etiquette


Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. Flag Etiquette outlines the proper way of displaying the American flag.


— The flag should be raised from sunrise to sunset.

— In the morning, raise the flag quickly. At sunset, lower it slowly.

— The flag should not be flown at night unless there is  a light on it.

— The flag should not be flown in the rain or bad weather.

—  After a tragedy or death, the flag should be flown at half staff for 30 days.

— The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. If you also fly a state or other type of flag, they should be positioned below the American flag.

— You should never let the flag touch the ground.

— When putting the flag away, be sure to fold it, rather than stuffing it in a storage place. Click      here for more instructions on how to fold the flag.


It may seem strange that there are so many rules when it comes to displaying the flag. However, it becomes less strange the more you think about everything the flag represents. We are not just showing respect to a piece of cloth, we are showing respect to our history.  As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag on Flag Day and every day with pride!  


Check back later this month for posts about refreshing summer treats and how to organize your apartment (our open layouts are just one of our amenities). Thanks for reading the Wildwood Park Blog post today.