OBTAIN A FLAG FOR A DECEASED VETERAN
AMERICAN FLAG ETIQUETTE
Federal law stipulates flag etiquette in the Flag Code. Here are some general guidelines:
- The flag should be lighted at all times (sunlight or artificial light at night)
- The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless using an all weather flag
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.
- The flag is only flown upside down only as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used for decoration.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose.
- The flag should not be embroidered printed on articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
- The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
- The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
- When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Flags that have become worn or faded due to outdoor display should receive proper disposal. This is normally accomplished by burning the Flag in a fire so that it is completely consumed.
Post 3010 will conduct Flag retirements from time to time, and will accept worn and faded Flags from the general public to be included in the next event.
Rules for Rendering Hand Salute of U.S. Flag
Traditionally, members of the nation’s veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organization’s official head-gear.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service-members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.
A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.
Here is the actual text from the law:
SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES NOT IN
UNIFORM AND BY VETERANS.
Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by
striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new
“(A) individuals in uniform should give the
military salute at the first note of the anthem and
maintain that position until the last note;
“(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who
are present but not in uniform may render the military
salute in the manner provided for individuals in
“(C) all other persons present should face the flag
and stand at attention with their right hand over the
heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should
remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it
at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;
Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the military and non-veterans. The phrase “men not in uniform” refers to civil service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers – non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in uniform.