Today, June 14, is Flag Day. While not a federal holiday, it’s a time set aside to honor the Stars and Stripes and the role the flag plays in American history.
The day of the holiday – June 14th – is no accident. June 14 is observed as Flag Day each year because, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes for the flag of the U.S.
The flag with 50 stars was raised for the first time at 12:01 a.m. on July 4, 1960 at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Maryland.
Flag etiquette, tips
- A flag should not be stored wet which can cause permanent creases.
- If a flagpole is 40 feet, the flag dimensions should be 6 by 10 feet.
- The flag shouldn’t be flown in inclement weather unless it’s an all-weather flag.
- Flags displayed at night should be properly illuminated.
- In a time of national mourning, hang the flag at half-staff.
- The flag should not touch anything below it or rest on the ground.
- If a flag is damaged or worn out, it should be disposed of with dignity.
- Source: Flag Day 2022: What is Flag Day? Will mail run? American flag etiquette – al.com