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"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Displaying the U.S. Flag


It is customary to display the U.S. Flag from sunrise to sunset. If properly illuminated at night, it may be displayed 24 hours. Do not display the flag in inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag.


When displaying the flag horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union (blue field with 50 stars) should be at the top and to the flag's own right (to the observer's left). When displaying where it can be seen from either side, the union is to the north on an east-west street, and to the east on a north-south street.


The flag should never be displayed with the union down except as a signal of distress. It should not touch anything beneath it: ground, water, or merchandise. Do not carry it horizontally, but always aloft. The flag should not be fastened or displayed in a way that will allow it to be soiled or damaged. You should not place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia, or designs of any kind. Do not use the flag to hold anything or use it as apparel, bedding, or drapery.

Official Flag Holidays

New Year's Day


January 1

Martin Luther King Day

Third Monday in January

Inauguration Day

January 20 (every 4 years)

Lincoln's Birthday

February 12

President's Day

Third Monday in February

Washington's Birthday

February 22

Easter Sunday


Army Day

April 6

V-E Day

May 8

Mother's Day

Second Sunday in May

Armed Forces Day

Third Sunday in May

Memorial Day

Last Monday in May

Flag Day

June 14

Father's Day

Third Sunday in June

Independence Day

July 4

Labor Day

First Monday in September

V-J Day

September 2

Constitution Day

September 17

Columbus Day

Second Monday in October

Navy Day

October 27

Presidential Election Day

First Tuesday after first Monday in November

Veteran's Day

November 11

Thanksgiving Day

Fourth Thursday in November

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7

Christmas Day

December 25

Folding the United States Flag - Symbolism of each fold

To fold the U.S. Flag ceremoniously, first fold it lengthwise, bringing the striped half up over the union. Then repeat, with the union on the outside. Beginning at the lower right, fold into right angle triangles. Continue this pattern until the entire flag is folded, with only the union visible. Finish by tucking in the white end.


The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.


The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.


The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.


The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.


The 5th fold is a tribute to our country.


The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all


The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.


The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.


The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.


The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.


The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews' eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians' eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.


The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust."


After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love and all others who love the symbol of "Liberty and Freedom." (This information was contributed by an Ozark Warrior family member)


Caring for the Flag


With reasonable care your flag should provide maximum service and satisfaction. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy your flag longer:

1. Be sure that flags displayed outdoors are made specifically for exterior use.

2. For best results, avoid exposure of flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds. If the flag should become wet it should be spread out to dry completely. Do not fold or roll-up a wet or damp flag.

3. Clean your flag regularly, before dust and dirt "set" in the fabric. This will keep your flag looking bright. Outdoor flags can be hand-washed with warm water and a mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and laid out to dry. Colors may run if left soaking in wash water. Indoor flags may require professional dry cleaning.

4. The flag should not be placed near tree branches, wires, cables, or rough surfaces. A small tear may result in a torn flag. Keep pole surface areas free of dirt, rust and corrosion which may damage your flag.

5. Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. In particular, look for thread and fabric breaks which may occur in the end farthest from the staff. The trimming and re-hemming of torn and frayed ends may help extend the life of your flag.

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