Flag Rules

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Believe it or not there are rules to displaying the American Flag.  Below I have written some of the rules, if you are interested in reading all of the rules go to the website at the bottom of the page.
  • A flag may only be displayed from sunrise to sunset.  If a flag is to be left out over night it must be lit up with some type of light source.
  • It is okay to leave the flag out during the rain ONLY if the flag is water-proof.
  • It is okay to display the flag every day but it definitely should be displayed on the following days:
    • New Year’s Day, January 1
    • Inauguration Day, January 20
    • Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January
    • Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
    • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
    • Easter Sunday (variable)
    • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
    • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
    • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the 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
    • Constitution Day, September 17
    • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
    • Navy Day, October 27
    • Veterans Day, November 11
    • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
    • Christmas Day, December 25
    • and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
    • the birthdays of States (date of admission)
    • and on State holidays.
  • The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
  • A flag should be displayed at all schools during school days
  • If there is more than one flag, the American Flag should be centered or higher than the others.  Except a flag from another nation.  When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be on separate poles but of the same height and the flags should be the same size.   This is an International law that states one flag can not be above another in time of peace.
  • The flag should never be displayed with the union side down, except as a signal of distress or trouble.

This post was written with the help of this website.

Today is Juneteenth

What exactly is Juneteenth? It is a celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States.  The first time this holiday was celebrated was June 19, 1865.  After the Civil War ended Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas.  He quickly spread the news that the war had ended and that the slaves had been freed.   As you hopefully remember from reading Lincoln’s speeches during Jump #6, the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves on January 1, 1863.  Sadly, it took two years from the time the Emancipation Proclamation became law until it could be enforced in Texas.  Every year since than, Juneteenth has been celebrated on June 19th with parades, parties, and other celebrations.

U.S. Army Celebrates 242nd Birthday – June 14, 2017

Some cool facts about the United States Army to celebrate the Army’s 242nd birthday!

  • Thirty presidents served in the Army and/or state militias, including Captain Abraham Lincoln.
  • Only about 1/4 of 17-23 year-olds are qualified for military service.
  • During the American Revolution, Francis Marion (“the Swamp Fox”) pioneered modern guerrilla warfare.
  • In 1778, the Continental Congress asked General Washington to create a service uniform for the Continental Army.
  • When considering the American Revolution was fought before the United States became a country, the army is older than the United States.  The Second Continental Congress authorized a Continental Army to be created on June 14, 1775.
  • George Washington was the best man for the job when he became General of the American Army during the American Revolution.  He had the most experience having fought in the French and Indian War and he had served as commander-in-chief of the Virginia Regiment.

“10 Interesting Facts About the US Military You Didn’t Know – Independent Voter Network.” IVNus. 30 June 2012. Web. 14 June 2015.

“11 Things You Might Not Know About the U.S. Army.” Mental Floss. Web. 14 June 2015.

“25 Interesting Facts About United States Armed Forces – Part 1.” KickassFactscom. Web. 14 June 2015.

“Military Trivia Facts.” Military.com. Web. 14 June 2015.

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Happy Flag Day!

June 14th is Flag Day.  The day we celebrate the American flag.

So who designed the first American flag?  No one knows for sure.  The idea that Betsy Ross created and designed the first flag is pure legend.  No one can prove or disprove the claim.  The story first came from her grandson in 1876.  Some think that Francis Hopkinson designed the flag.  He was a  signer of the Declaration of Independence and he was part of Washington’s cabinet.  There is proof that he helped design the Official United States seal and the American Navy flag.

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Our American Flag looks similar to Great Britain’s flag.

The flag has six-pointed stars on it.  Each star, in the original flag, represented an original colony.  Today the stars represent each state in the Union.  The 13 stripes represent the thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain and became the first states in the Union.

The flag colors of red, white and blue do have a meaning.  Red symbolizes for bravery and heroism, white for innocence and purity, and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.

A nickname of the American flag is “Old Glory”.

Want to learn more?  Click here to watch a video.