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But Never Too Late.
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:
* The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
* The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
* The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
* The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
* The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
* The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
And this is a Frequently Asked Question:
Why is the Flag backwards as it appears on our military personnel’s uniforms?
Army Regulation 670-1
The regulation states that when authorized for application to the proper uniform
the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that “the
star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this
manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of
the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate
replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‘reverse side
This flag is symbolic of the men who used to march into battle with an actual flag, so steady and strong that the flag would blow behind them. On the arms of our soldiers, the flag faces as if being carried into battle, blowing behind them.
There you have it!
It’s that way because of our soldiers’ Bravery!
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