How to Fly the Stars and Stripes

Erica Christoffer  |   June 13, 2017

The original "Stars and Stripes" version of the U.S. flag, designed by Betsy Ross, was adopted by Congress on June 14, 1777. Tomorrow marks the flag's 240th birthday—Flag Day—a day when homeowners across America will display the flag proudly outside their doorsteps. But before the flag is raised, pass on these tips to your sphere from the Veterans of Foreign Wars on proper flag etiquette. Never let the flag touch the ground. When flown on the same staff as other flags, the U.S. flag should be at the top. If grouped among other flags, the U.S. flag should be flown to the observers' left. When flown over a street, the stars should face north or east, depending on the direction of the street. Do not fasten or tie the flag back, but always let it fall free. If marching with the flag, it should be held on the marcher's right. The flag should also not be carried flat. Other flag information: A flag flown upside-down is a sign of distress or emergency. The flag should not be used as clothing or as a cover, and you should never use it to carry anything. For a demonstration on how to properly fold and store the flag, watch the video below from the Boy Scouts of America.

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