Frequently Asked Flag Questions

Frequently Asked Flag Questions

Proper Care of a Flag

Virtually all American flags are made from weather resistant synthetic fibers. Today's modern flags do not have to be taken down during winter or rainy seasons. The only exception would be extreme high winds and gusts during intense storms, tornadoes and hurricanes.

Are you supposed to take the flag down when it rains?

Most flags are made from synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester. These materials are considered all weather flags and don't have to be taken down on rainy days.

What holidays do you put the flag out?

It is proper to display an American flag 365 days per year. An extra effort should be made on Peace Officers Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial day, flag day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots' Day, National POWs Day, Fallen Firefighters Day, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor day.

Can the American flag be flown at night without a light?

A flag can be flown at night without a spotlight if there is enough ambient light in the area to recognize a flag as an American flag when seen from a reasonable distance. The distance is not defined.

When should you put out a flag?

It is proper to display an American flag 365 days per year. An extra effort should be made on Peace Officers Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial day, flag day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots' Day, National POWs Day, Fallen Firefighters Day, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor day.

Is it illegal to burn a flag in the United States?

American flags are burned respectfully when tattered beyond repair. American flags may also be burned in protest and protected by free speech laws.

Can a governor lower the American flag?

A state governor may issue a proclamation to lower the American flag half-staff for various reasons including honoring the passing of peace officers, firefighters, state officials, other similar events.

Is it disrespectful to wash an American flag?

It is proper to wash an American flag that has become soiled. Both nylon and polyester flags can be washed in a washing machine with standard detergent use for clothing. Tide does a particularly good job at removing dirt without feeding colors.






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