A: If you see the ends fraying, you can trim and re-hem the flag, which will help it last longer. If it is an extremely windy day, or heavy rain or snow, take the flag in. Make sure you do not store a wet flag. Let it dry before folding and storing.
A: It depends on the weather and how the flag is cared for, but at minimum, it is expected to last 90 days. Well-taken care of flags can last longer though. Our lock-stitched American Flags are known to last longer than the industry average, sometimes exceeding one year.
A: The flag must be illuminated if it is being flown in the dark.
A: The star field is cut out from the flag and then the two pieces are burned together. Local VFWs and Boy Scout troops usually have flag retirement ceremonies, just make sure to check with the one in your area.
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A: Usually the flags should be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, but on Memorial Day it is sunrise to noon.
A: When raising and lowering the flag, bring it to the top of the pole for just a moment before bringing it into position or taking it in for the night.
A: You can attach a mourning bow (black ribbon) onto the top of your pole and that will represent half-staff.
A: The flag is saluted if:
A: According to the Flag Manufacturers Association of America, the header is not a part of the actual flag. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission mandates any flag 12" x 18" and larger have some sort of attachment to the header listing the origin of manufacturing. It is part of the business principles and practices for the flag industry to label flags to make re-ordering an easier process for customers. Disclosure of stamps are not listed on the websites of any National Independent Flag Dealer Association member, for a complaint arises once in a blue moon. Any customer choosing to forgo branded stamps on their flag's header may request so.
A: The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
The sixth 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 to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh 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 enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth 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, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
Garrison Flag- 20 ft x 38 ft American flag
Post Flag- 8 ft 11 3/4 in x 17 ft American flag
Storm Flag- 5 ft x 9 ft 6 in American flag
Hoist End- The side of the flag that has either a header or sleeve. This is the side that is raised or hoisted up a flag pole.
Fly End- The side of the flag that is opposite of the hoist end. This side flaps end the wind and gets frayed after time.