The American flag is a symbol of courage and honor. Our flag carries American ideas.
American history and American feelings.
It is not a painted rag. It is a whole national history.
It is the Constitution. It is the Government.
It is the emblem of the sovereignty of the people.
It is the Nation.
-Henry Ward Beecher, 1861
I pledge allegiance (I promise to be true)
to the flag (to the symbol of our country)
of the United States of America (each state that has joined to make our country)
and to the Republic (an elected government is that is supposed to be “of, by and for” the people)
for which it stands (the flag means the country)
one nation (a single country)
under GOD (the people believe in God and our nation was founded under Him)
Indivisible (the country held together as one)
With Liberty and Justice (with freedom and fairness)
for all (for each person in the country…you and me!)
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open.
(b) The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
(c) The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 20 – Inauguration Day
January 3rd Monday – Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday
February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
February 3rd Monday – Washington’s Birthday
(variable) – Easter Sunday
May 2nd Sunday – Mother’s Day
May 3rd Saturday – Armed Forces Day
May last Monday – Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
June 14 – Flag Day
June 3rd Sunday – Father’s Day
July 4 – Independence Day
July 27 – National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
September 1st Monday – Labor Day
October 2nd Monday – Columbus Day
October 27 – Navy Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
November 4th Thursday – Thanksgiving Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
Birthdays of States (date of admission)
· By order of the President of The United States
· By order of the Governor of your state
Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15th (sunrise until sunset)
Memorial Day, last Monday in May (sunrise until NOON)
Patriot Day, September 11 (sunrise until sunset)
National Firefighters Memorial Day, 1st Sunday in October (sunrise until sunset)
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th (sunrise to sunset)
National POW/MIA Recognition Day (held the 3rd Friday in September)
Armed Forces Day
POW/MIA flag to fly at federal sites year round – November 8, 2019
Prominent federal buildings and national war memorials will now fly the iconic POW/MIA flag alongside the American flag throughout the year thanks to legislation signed into law.
The proposal, passed without objection in the House and the Senate, it is designed to help highlight the continued sacrifice of military families whose loved ones are still unaccounted for overseas, estimated at about 82,000 individuals.
Advocates began pushing for the year-long display of the flag earlier this year after some lawmakers in Washington, D.C. stopped displaying the black and white “you are not forgotten” banner outside their congressional offices.
The law applies only to a specific set of federal buildings, including the White House, U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters. Every post office throughout the country will also be required to fly the POW/MIA flag.
In addition, display of the flag will be required at every major U.S. military installation, every national cemetery, and numerous high-profile war-related sites like the World War II Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The daily display of the POW/MIA flag at all prominent federal properties serves as a daily reminder that these heroes, and their families are forever honored and never forgotten.