June 14 is a day specially set aside to honor the American flag. Flag Day has a long history dating back to 1885, but was officially designated by a proclamation made by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916. On August 3, 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress to officially make June 14 National Flag Day.
Wondering how you can honor Flag Day this Saturday? Here are some common observances at the individual, public and municipal levels:
- Display the American flag at your home and/or business
- Flag displayed on government buildings across the country
- Musical salutes to the flag
- Some businesses and organizations pass out flags to children and their families
- Parades in certain cities across the US
If you do choose to display Old Glory at your home or business, VFW.org provides the following flag etiquette reminders:
Display the flag from sunrise to sunset, or for 24 hours a day if the flag is properly illuminated while it's dark outside.
It's best not to display the flag if the weather outside is bad, unless you have an all-weather flag that can stand up to harsh conditions.
If you are displaying it on a single staff with other flags, the American flag should be placed at the top of the staff, above the other flags.
Ask your local VFW Post if they will dispose of an old flag for you. There is etiquette pertaining to the proper disposal of the flag.