Honor and respect for Old Glory

By Mary Kuhlman
Public News Service – NC

RALEIGH — U.S. flags are popping up all over North Carolina as the Fourth of July approaches, but there are some important dos and don’ts to consider before flying Old Glory.

The U.S. Flag Code, which became public law in 1942, specifies the exact rules for use and display of the flag.

Frank Stancil, state adjutant for the American Legion in North Carolina, says the flag deserves the admiration of all Americans.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Frank Stancil, state adjutant for the American Legion in North Carolina, says the flag deserves the admiration of all Americans. This flag is located outside the officer of Rockingham attorney Woodrow W. Gunter II on East Franklin Street.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Frank Stancil, state adjutant for the American Legion in North Carolina, says the flag deserves the admiration of all Americans. This flag is located outside the officer of Rockingham attorney Woodrow W. Gunter II on East Franklin Street.

“That’s just it, respect and honor,” he states. “A lot of men and woman have died for the flag of the United States of America, under the flag, and it’s just very important that it be treated in the proper manner.”

Stancil says it’s OK to fly a flag in the rain, as long as it’s an all weather flag, and at night, the flag needs proper illumination. But he stresses the flag should never be displayed if it is tattered, torn or faded. And if a flag becomes no longer serviceable, it can be given to the American Legion to be destroyed during a disposal ceremony.

Flag code also covers patriotic customs, such as etiquette during the national anthem. Stancil says all people present are expected to face the flag, remove their hat, and place their right hand over their heart.

“You see parades and people standing alongside the street,” he points out. “If you notice the next time just how many people have their right hand over their heart when the flag comes by. It’s very, very few. When you play the national anthem at a ball game, just see how many people put their hand over their heart. It’s very sad.”

Stancil says it’s okay to use paper plates and balloons or even wear clothing with the pattern of the flag, but he adds the actual American flag should never be used in that manner.

Misusing the flag is considered a breach of flag code, but there are no penalties or fines.

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