Celebrate Flag Day
Flag Day is today June 14, 2013 and it falls within National Flag Week. This is a time for Americans to reflect on what our nation stands for and all it represents.
Many people honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this holiday include: flag-raising ceremonies, musical festivals, and parades. Flag Day is observed nationwide; however, it is not a public holiday in most parts of the United States. It is a legal holiday in Montour County, Pennsylvania.
Although it is not certain, the original United States flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The “Ross flag” is distinctive because of the arrangement of the stars in a circle, representing the original 13 colonies.
The American flag consists of 50 stars representing the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union. The United States flag should always be properly displayed. Here are some flag flying tips to remember:
- Raise the flag briskly. Lower it ceremoniously.
- Never allow the flag to touch the ground or floor.
- Do not fly the flag in bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag.
- The flag can only be flown at night if properly illuminated. Otherwise, it should only be flown from sunrise to sunset.
- The flag should always be allowed to fall free.
- The flag should never be used to carry, store, or deliver anything.
- Never fly the flag upside down except to signal an emergency.
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