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Title: American Flag Rules


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American Flag Rules
  • American flag rules were established in 1942.
    Congress enacted this Code to provide guidelines
    and rules to ensure the American flag continues
    to receive the respect it deserves. Many of the
    regulations provided in the Code are well known,
    however some of the American flag rules are more
    obscure. The American flag rules cover everything
    from folding, placement, and lighting.
    Understanding the Code will ensure that you give
    this national treasure proper attention.

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  • Most people are aware that the American flag
    should never be allowed to touch the ground,
    however some rules are much more obscure. In fact
    some of the restrictions are violated on a daily
    basis by well meaning citizens. Because American
    flag rules are meant as a guideline an individual
    cannot be fined or punished by violating them. Of
    course the majority of us want to abide by the
    American Flag Code and the rules it sets forth.

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  • You might be surprised to discover that items,
    such as paper napkins, mint wrappers, and other
    disposable items, which have this national emblem
    on them, are in violation of the Code. Another
    rule that shocks people is the inability to use
    the symbol on clothing. It is also not allowed
    for use in advertisement. Obviously, this part of
    the Code is overlooked on a daily basis. Many
    companies use the symbol within their logo, which
    is a direct violation. The rules state that
    anything, which is perceived as an American flag
    by one or more individuals is indeed Old Glory.
    Based on the code, a red, white, and blue
    Christmas tree could be viewed as an American
    Flag.

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  • There are also rules in place for displaying this
    symbol of freedom. If you have a pole in your
    yard, the proper placement would be for the
    American flag to be above any other banners. The
    only exception is for ensigns of another country.
    During peacetime, all countries should be at the
    same level and be of equal size. After the tragic
    events of September 11th, a surge in patriotism
    occurred. Many individuals choose to display Old
    Glory 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, few are
    aware that the United States Colors should be
    properly illuminated, when left up overnight.

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  • Residential Landscape Lighting and Design offers
    illumination fixtures that are specifically
    designed for this purpose. Proper flagpole
    lighting will ensure that you are respecting the
    Code enacted by Congress. Residential Landscape
    Lighting and Design offers 175W metal halide
    flagpole lighting kits that will provide the
    required amount of illumination without being
    offensive to neighbors. The use of lighting is
    not the only area, which has escaped the general
    publics knowledge. There are many scenarios that
    result in confusion.

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  • One such scenario is when the President or Govern
    declares a proclamation that the American flag be
    lowered to half-staff. Naturally you want to show
    respect. The problem arises, when the flagpole
    will not allow you to lower the Colors. In this
    scenario, the appropriate response would be to
    use black crepe paper, which is 7 feet long and 1
    foot wide. It should be placed directly below the
    spearhead. You can also use this technique as a
    sign of mourning, when a friend or loved one has
    passed away. This simple technique allows you to
    maintain the rules, while you honor the loss of
    someone important to you.

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  • Residential Landscape Lighting and Design
    understands that you want to show off your
    patriotism, while maintaining the Code set forth
    by Congress. It is for this reason that they
    offer lighting kits specifically designed for
    illuminating the American flag based on Congress
    rules. We are all proud to be citizens of the
    United States, and our pride is shared in the
    patriotic holiday displays that are cropping up
    all over this great land.
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