Memorial Day 2014: Fly your flag, with proper etiquette


Caption from Wikipedia:  Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (May 31, 2004) - Sailors assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor bring the flag to half-mast over the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island in honor of Memorial Day May 31, 2004. U.S. Navy photo

Caption from Wikipedia: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (May 31, 2004) – Sailors assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor bring the flag to half-mast over the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island in honor of Memorial Day May 31, 2004. U.S. Navy photo

Monday, May 26, 2014, is Memorial Day in the U.S.  It’s the day we honor soldiers who died, either fighting to defend the nation, or after.

Because it honors the dead, the flag-flying rules differ slightly.

If you’re flying your flag from a staff that allows raising and lowering, the flag should be posted at half-staff in the morning at sunrise.  At noon, the flag goes to full-staff position.

Usual flag-raising rules apply: Going up the staff, the flag rises briskly.  Coming down, it sinks slowly.

Before going to the half-staff position to honor the dead, the flag should be raised briskly to the top of the pole, and then brought down slowly to half-staff. At noon, again, the flag rises briskly.  And at retreat, at sundown, the flag comes down slowly.

Most Americans have a flag that attaches to the wall of a residence, or in other ways is not capable of raising and lowering.  In that case, simply post the the flag.

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4 Responses to Memorial Day 2014: Fly your flag, with proper etiquette

  1. Black Flag® says:

    Exactly the mindset that endangers humanity.

    You believe that those the kill must be honored, and those that see such evil must be attacked.

    And war goes on.

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  2. JamesK says:

    Come and say that to my family regarding my grandfather and two of my uncles, BF, who served in WW1 and WW2 respectively.

    Though I’ll warn you..you wouldn’t make it out of my county intact.

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  3. Black Flag® says:

    It does not honor the dead.

    It honors dead killers and demeans the dead innocent.

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    A lot of touching remembrances of relatives and friends, now gone, who served — on Facebook and Twitter.

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