June 14, 2016

Long May They Wave & Flag Etiquette

This post was featured at Dishing It and Digging It via Life and LindaThank you!

We are approaching another patriotic holiday! 

There is no shortage of flags at our house!

I pick up a few news ones every year.

We are very patriotic at our house!

We have ancestors and family who have served in every American/Colonial war since the seventeen hundreds. To us, this flag is special! It is a symbol that represents so much.  

I have an ancestor who was the first native born Virginian ever hung...his father being the immigrant to Virginia in 1652. He was involved in Bacon's Rebellion...so yes, he was a patriot. So many did so much for us to become the country we are now.

Hubby was in the army during a very unpopular time, as many of your family members were too.

Any time I can wave our American flag...I do.  

How much do you know about our flag...and flag etiquette?

June 14 -- is Flag Day. The day marks the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in the First Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777. The first resolution signified the flag should be "13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." source

For some flag history and etiquette... click here

Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don'ts:
  • Don't dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.
  • Don't let the flag touch the ground.
  • Don't fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
  • Don't carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
  • Don't use the flag as clothing.
  • Don't store the flag where it can get dirty.
  • Don't use it as a cover.
  • Don't fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.
  • Don't draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.
  • Don't use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red.
Flag etiquette
Military.com offers these do's and don'ts associated with honoring and displaying the flag:
When displaying the flag, do the following:
  • Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. If displayed at night the flag should be property illuminated.
  • The U.S. Flag should be placed above all others if multiple flags are on the same staff.
  • When flags are displayed in a row, the U.S. flag goes to the observer's left. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. State and local flags are traditionally flown lower.
  • When used during a marching ceremony or parade with other flags, the U.S. Flag will be to the observer's left.
  • When flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.
  • When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union (blue field of stars) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
  • When placed on a Podium the flag should be placed on the speaker's right or the staging area. Other flags should be placed to the left.
  • When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall (or other flat surface), the union (blue field of stars) should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.
Long may they wave!

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. I, too, am very patriotic. Our American flag flies most of the year - just not in inclement weather. Flag Day was my darling mother's birthday so I salute her in my small way. I miss her so!

  2. We have our flag flying every day and have for years!

  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    Lorsque j'étais venue visiter mon amie dans le Maine et que j'avais confié mes peintures dans une galerie à Cape Cod, c'était à cette époque-ci de l'année et j'avais été très surprise par la présence nombreuse des petits drapeaux.
    J'avais eu bien évidemment une explication...
    Aujourd'hui, grâce à votre charmant billet, j'ai appris davantage !...
    Merci pour ce partage.

    Gros bisous 🌸

  4. Very well done! As the parent of an active serviceman, I always look for opportunities o honor him and all who serve. Thank you!

    1. Judith...blessings for your son and family! I hope he stays safe!

  5. Love your flags and thanks for the flag do's and don'ts. I am pretty careful because my father in law was very patriotic and he used to remind us of the rules. I do decorate with them though... Enjoy your day!

  6. Happy belated Flag Day. I love your patriotism.

  7. Great post! Nothing prettier than our beautiful American flag flying! :) ~Rhonda

  8. Lovely post. Thank you. We have a flag on the front porch much of the time and fly another flag from our upstairs screened in porch landing.
    We replace our flags when they start to wear. Make me happy to see our nation's flag flying at so many homes and businesses in our area. Kentucky is a very patriotic state!

  9. Beautiful...hooray for the red, white and blue!

  10. Beautiful post Sheila. Love the tips about displaying and caring for the flag. May our flag wave forever. Thank you for sharing this very important post at DI&DI.

  11. Great post about our Grand Old Flag!

    Cottage Blessings,

  12. Hello Sheila,
    I loved your patriotic post and the pretty flags. Thanks for sharing the tips about the flag at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up! Wishing you a wonderful week and a happy 4th of July.

  13. This is such a great post. :) Love it!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Crafts, Recipes, and Tips and Tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  14. Beautiful pictures Sheila and thanks for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story. Have a peaceful holiday!

  15. A great reminder for those of us that begin to take things for granted. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

    Pinned and shared.

  16. I love when you double post as I can choose extra images to pin! Please dont mind the canned comments as I just want you to know I have been here! Thank you so much for linking at #WonderfulWednesday! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night or the #RecipeShareParty where we YUM. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

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  17. Red geraniums and flags - perfect!

    I appreciate that you shared the flag etiquette rules.

  18. Shelia,
    Love your Patriotism throughout History and in your entry!
    Thank you for sharing Flag etiquette!
    Happy Fourth of July!

  19. Thank you for this wonderful post and for sharing it at SYC. :) Jo

  20. Your listing of flag etiquette guidelines is so interesting.
    Everything is not only patriotic but lovely as well.
    Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home!

  21. Thanks for such an informative post on flag etiquette. It's always nice to have a chance to review. I love reading about your family and patriotism. I have my flag flying at our Kentucky home. I would say I love decorating for the 4th almost as much as Christmas.

  22. We are happy to inform you that this post is featured at our Monday Cooking & Crafting with J & J Link Up! Have a happy 4th of July!
    Julie xo

  23. just something so beautiful about our flag flowing! I love it and there is no shortage at our home either. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. Beautiful Shelia! Flag etiquette is a good idea! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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