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Days to fly your flag

Every patriotic person wishes to display their flag everyday, but it is especially important that the flag be displayed on certain holidays, dates of state admission, and days declared by the President. Here is a list of these days, including when the flag should be flown at half staff. Days to fly the U.S. Flag […]

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Half Staff

The flag is displayed at half staff as a sign of respect or mourning. Nationwide, this action is proclaimed by the president; state-wide or territory-wide, the proclamation is made by the governor. In addition, there is no prohibition against municipal governments, private businesses or citizens flying the flag at half staff as a local sign […]

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Flag Terms

Appliquéd: One piece of material sewn to another piece of material. Back: The surface seen when a flag is not in its normal flying position with the hoist is to the viewer’s right when flying on an in-ground flagpole. Banner: A banner is a flag or other piece of cloth bearing a symbol, logo, slogan […]

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Flag Code

§ 1. Flag; stripes and stars on § 2. Same; additional stars § 3. Use of flag for advertising purposes; mutilation of flag § 4. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery § 5. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition § 6. Time and occasions for […]

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Flag Day History

The history of Flag Day is a matter of debate.   There are many claims of local citizens organizing city and state wide observations of Flag Day.   In 1916 President Wilson issued a proclamation asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day. But it wasn’t until August 3, 1949, that […]

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Proper Etiquette

The U.S. Flag Code lays out the proper etiquette for the use and display of the flag of the United States. There are no penalties or punishments for violating the Flag Code, except for residents of Washington D.C. If this where not the case a great many people and companies would be subject to the […]

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Continually Flown

The custom of flying the flags 24 hours a day over the east and west fronts was begun during World War I. This was done in response to requests received from all over the country urging that the flag of the United States be flown continuously over the public buildings in Washington, D.C. The east […]

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History of the Pledge

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy a former Baptist Minster. It was written for a family oriented magazine named The Youth’s Companion, the largest publication of any type in the Unites States at the time. It was first given wide publicity through the official program of the National Public Schools Celebration […]

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Bill Clinton’s First Inaugural Address Video

President Clinton delivered his first inaugural address on January 20, 1993. Read the transcript of Bill Clinton’s First Inaugural Address or watch Bill Clinton’s Second Inaugural Address.

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George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush Inaugural Address Video

President George H. W. Bush delivered his inaugural address on January 20, 1989. Read George H. W. Bush’s Inaugural Address. Visit the George H. W. Bush’s Presidential Library website.  

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