Just a few weeks ago, USPS issued A Flag for All Seasons Forever® stamps. These four stamps show the U.S. flag at full staff in each season of the year, but did you know there’s a lot more ceremony to respecting Old Glory than making sure she can withstand the elements? In preparation for Flag Day (which is this Friday), we did a little research.
The National Flag Code—the basis for a 1942 federal law that provides specific rules for the use and display of the flag—includes a long list of guidelines for how citizens should show their respect for the Stars and Stripes. Several of these rules are well-known to most, but some are more obscure. Here are five things you may not know about handling the flag:
- The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
- The flag should never be displayed with the union down, expect as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
- The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.
- No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform (except in the case of military personnel, firefighters, and police officers).
- The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
Check out the United States Code for more information about the proper ways to display the Stars and Stripes in every season.
A Flag for All Seasons Forever® stamps are currently available online and in Post Offices nationwide. You can also order them by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).