The American flag, flown outside of buildings and displayed inside of homes, offices and schools, is a symbol of our country. The red and white stripes symbolize the 13 original colonies and the 50 stars represent the 50 states. When handling an American flag, it is important to do so with the standards of respect as laid out in The Flag Code. In this post, you will learn how to display an American flag, how to retire an American flag and how to store an American flag.
When displaying an American Flag, there are a few guidelines and rules to keep in mind.
According to The Flag Code, the American flag should never be thrown out. When a flag is worn to the point where it can longer can be flown as a symbol of our country, the flag should be destroyed. While a ceremonial flag burial is the preferred method for retiring a flag, a flag can also be destroyed through shredding. A flag made from polyester, nylon or any other artificial material should not be burned as those materials are hazardous for the environment. If you are hesitant about destroying the flag yourself, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US Military and Boy and Girl Scouts of America offer the service for free.
A flag that is dirty or worn out is not suitable to be used to represent our country. Part of keeping a flag in good condition is storing it properly. Follow these tips to keep your flag in the best shape possible during storage:
If you do not have a cool dark place to store your American flag, consider a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will keep your flag out of damaging UV rays and fluctuating temperatures. It’s also a great solution for storing outdoor furniture and other seasonal items when not in use. Do you have further questions regarding how to store your flag in a storage unit? Contact us today!