- Patriot Day
- How can you be sure that your American Flag was made in the USA???
- Flag Etiquette
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36, CHAPTER 10 – PATRIOTIC CUSTOMS
- § 170. National anthem; Star-Spangled Banner.
- § 171. Conduct during playing.
- § 172. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery.
- § 173. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition.
- § 174. Time and occasions for display.
- § 175. Position and manner of display.
- § 176. Respect for flag.
- § 177. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag.
- § 178. Modification of rules and customs by President.
- § 179. Design for service flag; persons entitled to display flag.
- § 180. Design for service lapel button; persons entitled to wear button.
- § 181. Approval of designs by Secretary of Defense; license to manufacture and sell; penalties.
- § 182. Rules and regulations.
- § 182a to 184. Repealed.
- § 185. Transferred.
- § 186. National motto.
- § 187. National floral emblem.
- § 188. National march.
- § 189. Recognition of National League of Families POW/MIA flag.
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 4, CHAPTER 1- THE FLAG
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 4, CHAPTER 2 – THE SEAL
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 5, PART III, CHAPTER 29
COMMISSIONS, OATHS, RECORDS, AND REPORTS
SUBCHAPTER I – COMMISSIONS, OATHS, AND RECORDS
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 5 PART I, CHAPTER 1 – ORGANIZATION
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 18, CHAPTER 33
Part I. CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE EMBLEMS, INSIGNIA, AND NAMES THIS TITLE WAS ENACTED BY ACT JUNE 25, 1948, CH. 645, SEC. 1, 62 STAT. 683
- UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 2, CHAPTER 9A – ORGANIZATION
Patriot Day has been added. to the Flag Holidays listed in section 174 of the US Flag Code. On December 18, 2001, President Bush signed Public Law No: 107-89, designating September 11th as Patriot Day. State and local governments and the people of the United States are asked to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities to honor the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on that date in 2001.
The day has also been designated as a day that the US flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day. In addition the people of the United States are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in remembrance of the victims.
Many people have asked if Government offices, schools, banks, etc. will be closed on that day. We don’t have that information at this time but as decisions are made we will keep you informed.
Patriot Day should not be confused with Patriot’s Day, a regional holiday celebrated in New England on the third Monday in April which commemorates Paul Revere’s ride and the battle of Lexington & Concord during the Revolutionary War. The Boston Marathon is run on Patriot’s Day every year.
For a copy of the Public Law, visit the National Flag Foundation at www.americanflags.org.
As a patriotic American wouldn’t you be upset if you purchased an American flag to proudly display at your home or to give as a gift only to find out that you had mistakenly purchased a foreign made version of Old Glory? Here’s how to make sure…
This rectangular logo and the oval certification seal are your assurances that this product has been made in the USA of materials that are domestic in origin and that all processes in every step of the US flag’s manufacture were completed in USA facilities with USA labor.
FMAA, the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, is an organization made up of several of the country’s leading flag makers who have crafted a set of specifications that will guarantee and highlight the domestic sourcing and manufacture of US flags.
Spread the word. Tell your friends to look for the FMAA logo and/or seal to ensure that they are purchasing a US made American flag.
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36, CHAPTER 10 – PATRIOTIC CUSTOMS
§170. National anthem; Star-Spangled Banner
§171. Conduct during playing
§172. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery
America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.
§173. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition
§174. Time and occasions for display
(b) Manner of hoisting
(c) Inclement weather
(d) Particular days of display
(e) Display on or near administration building of public institutions
(f) Display in or near polling places
(g) Display in or near schoolhouses
§175. Position and manner of display
(b) The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
(c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.
(d) The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
(e) The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
(f) When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to
the United States flag’s right.
(g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
(h) When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
(i) When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
(j) When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
(k) When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.
(l) The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.
(m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member
of Congress. As used in this subsection –
(1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;
(2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and
(3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
(n) When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
(o) When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances
are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
§176. Respect for flag
(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
(k) 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.
§177. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
§178. Modification of rules and customs by President
§179. Design for service flag; persons entitled to display flag
§180. Design for service lapel button; persons entitled to wear button
§181. Approval of designs by Secretary of Defense; license to manufacture and sell; penalties
§182. Rules and regulations
§182a to 182d. Repealed. Pub. L. 89-534, § 2, Aug. 11, 1966, 80 Stat. 345
§183, 184. Repealed. Pub. L. 85-857, § 14(84), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1272
§186. National motto
§187. National floral emblem
§188. National march
§189. Recognition of National League of Families POW/MIA flag
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 4, CHAPTER 1- THE FLAG
§1. Flag; stripes and stars on
§ 2. Same; additional stars
§ 3. Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 4, CHAPTER 2 – THE SEAL
§ 41. Seal of the United States
§ 42. Same; custody and use of
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 5, PART III, CHAPTER 29COMMISSIONS, OATHS, RECORDS, AND REPORTS
SUBCHAPTER I – COMMISSIONS, OATHS, AND RECORDS
§ 2902. Commission; where recorded
(a) Except as provided by subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the Secretary of State shall make out and record, and affix the seal of the United States to, the commission of an officer appointed by the President. The seal of the United States may not be affixed to the commission before the commission has been signed by the President.
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 5 PART I, CHAPTER 1 – ORGANIZATION
§ 101. Executive departments
The Executive departments are:
The Department of State. The Department of the Treasury. The Department of Defense. The Department of Justice. The Department of the Interior. The Department of Agriculture. The Department of Commerce. The Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Department of Transportation. The Department of Energy. The Department of Education. The Department of Veterans Affairs.
§ 102. Military departments
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 18, CHAPTER 33
Part I. CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE EMBLEMS, INSIGNIA, AND NAMES THIS TITLE WAS ENACTED BY ACT JUNE 25, 1948, CH. 645, SEC. 1, 62 STAT. 683
§ 700. Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties
(a)(1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
(2) This subsection does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the disposal of a flag when it has become worn or soiled.
(b) As used in this section, the term ‘flag of the United States’ means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.
(d)(1) An appeal may be taken directly to the Supreme Court of the United States from any interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order issued by a United States district court ruling upon the constitutionality of subsection (a).
(2) The Supreme Court shall, if it has not previously ruled on the question, accept jurisdiction over the appeal and advance on the docket and expedite to the greatest extent possible.
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 2, CHAPTER 9A – ORGANIZATION
§ 285b. Functions
The functions of the Office shall be as follows:
(1) To prepare, and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary one title at a time, a complete compilation, restatement, and revision of the general and permanent laws of the United States which conforms to the understood policy, intent, and purpose of the Congress in the original enactments, with such amendments and corrections as will remove ambiguities, contradictions, and other imperfections both of substance and of form, separately stated, with a view to the enactment of each title as positive law.
(2) To examine periodically all of the public laws enacted by the Congress and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary recommendations for the repeal of obsolete, superfluous, and superseded provisions contained therein.
(3) To prepare and publish periodically a new edition of the United States Code (including those titles which are not yet enacted into positive law as well as those titles which have been so enacted), with annual cumulative supplements reflecting newly enacted laws.
(4) To classify newly enacted provisions of law to their proper positions in the Code where the titles involved have not yet been enacted into positive law.
(5) To prepare and submit periodically such revisions in the titles of the Code which have been enacted into positive law as may be necessary to keep such titles current.
(6) To prepare and publish periodically new editions of the District of Columbia Code, with annual cumulative supplements reflecting newly enacted laws, through publication of the fifth annual cumulative supplement to the 1973 edition of such Code.
(7) To provide the Committee on the Judiciary with such advice and assistance as the committee may request in carrying out its functions with respect to the revision and codification of the Federal statutes.