Appropriate Flag Retirement

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There is a flag fold technique for the first triangle fold called, Cutting the First Stripe. It’s used for an interment flag that has been used for practice and has been folded and refolded so much that it is a bit stretched out, but still good for practice. This technique “cuts” the stripe in half on that first fold, pictured …

The Misplaced Respect of Stars For Our Troops

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A while back I noticed pictures of scouts (male and female) cutting the canton (blue field) from American flags readying them for proper disposal. I was not happy. I then noticed pictures of stars cut from American flags that we neatly packaged in very small zip-close bags with a nice typed note inside to our country’s veterans that reads: “I …

Disrespect to the American Flag

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Burning the America Flag We, as Americans burn our beloved flag when it is old, worn and tattered. We burn it in a special Flag Retirement Ceremony. As a matter of fact, in many cities across America, scout and veteran groups take in flags for this specific purpose. They will ceremonially burn one flag representing all of the others (sometimes …

What’s Wrong with This Parade Picture?

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I haven’t posted one of these in a while. So, what is wrong with this picture? The flag is being carried by some great US marines in a parade. And let’s be clear, everyone involved is well-intentioned and I am not pointing things out to put down any individual. However, there is a Flag Code and what I’m abut to …

The American Flag at Half-Staff

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Staff = on land Mast = at sea or on a Navy/Marine installation Never fly a fringed flag on a stationary or mounted (on a wall or post) flagstaff. See this article for information. Many countries fly their flag at half-staff for special occasions and you can see when to fly the flag at half-staff on the widget on my …