On Memorial Day, May 27, many take a moment to hang their U.S. flag and reflect on the commitment to service and country. Did you find that your flag may not be in the best of shape? In observance of Memorial Day, and Flag Day on June 14, here is some information on the proper way to display and retire a flag if it no longer is in a condition for proper display.
According to Title 4 of the United States Code, these are some reminders on how best to display one’s patriotism and flag.
- The custom is to display the flag from sunrise to sunset. If displaying the flag for 24 hours, it must be properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
- The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
- The flag should not be displayed during inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag.
- The flag should be displayed daily.
- The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except on a staff.
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, or water.
- It is prohibited to use the flag as a costume or athletic uniform. Military and safety services professionals may affix a patch of the flag to their uniform.
- When the flag is no longer in a condition for proper display, the flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
If one has a U.S. flag that is no longer in a condition to display such as worn, tattered or frayed, consider some options for proper retirement.
As the U.S. Code states, “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”.
The American Legion, Halker-Flege Post #69, located at 9000 Reading Road, conducts periodical flag retirement ceremonies. Drop flags off at their location on Fridays to have the flag properly retired. Contact Facility Manager Jack Burg at 513-733-1916 for further information.
Every spring, Boy Scout Troop 258, sponsored by the Montgomery Presbyterian Church, has a flag retirement ceremony to dispose of flags no longer suitable for display. Contact Scoutmaster Ray Habib at 513-377-8613 to arrange for pick up or drop off of a flag for retirement.
The Boy Scout Troop 674 at Church of the Saviour will collect flags at any time. They plan flag retirement ceremonies at their monthly campouts. Contact Scoutmaster Rob Smith at 513-376-4775 to make arrangements.