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The flag of the United States of America

Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle


Let’s take a quiz to see just how much we know about the proper etiquette of the use of the flag of The United States of America. Information is provided by The Old Farmer’s Almanac and other sources.

The flag and its likeness should be treated with respect. Its image should not be cheapened or tarnished by improper use.

True or False: The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing, even the President.

Except for signaling, the flag should never be displayed with the union (stars) down.

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, except for the ground, floor, or water.

The flag should be carried flat or horizontally.

The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored so that it might be easily torn, soiled, or damaged.

The flag may be used as covering for a ceiling.

The flag should never have anything placed on it with the only exception being an emblem or Crucifix.

The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose.

The flag should never be embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs.

The flag should never be printed on paper napkins or boxes.

The flag should never be affixed to nor used as any portion of a costume unless the costume is representative of a soldier or a political personality.

The flag may be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle as long as it does not impede the drivers line of view.

When the flag is in a tattered condition and no longer a fitting emblem it may then be altered and re-purposed to keep it from a landfill.

Write your answer to each question. Next week we will go over the correct answer.