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A Patriotic Fact from the Flag Lady’s Flag Store:
“Some can describe what our flag means in a sentence and others have written paragraphs and books about it. Our military has courageously defended our nation and some lost their lives for what it stands for: Freedom and Justice for All!

It’s in our midst every day, It’s like old faithful, It’s there for us when we’re up, down, in or out. That’s the kind of American we should be, no matter what!

Be there for our country, let’s keep the flame burning for the United States of America. God Bless America!”

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American Flag Etiquette | US Flag Code

The United States of America’s Flag code is a one of a kind code of conduct for displaying, honoring, and proper disposal of your USA Flag. Download the official Flag Etiquette guide by click that link.

It is important to properly display your American Flag if you would like to fly it. Countless men and women have fought and given their lives for the American flag and for the freedom and well being of our nation. Show the proper respect for your flag by following the US Flag Code guidelines.

Flag Code Background

Public concern and confusion regarding the proper respect shown to the United States flag has given rise to many questions on the law relating to the flag’ s handling, display, and use. Both the state governments and the federal government have enacted legislation on this subject.

On the national level the Federal Flag Code:

1 provides uniform guidelines for the display of and respect shown to the flag. In addition to the Code, Congress has by statute designated the national anthem and set out the proper conduct during its presentation.

2 The Code is designed “for the use of such civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments” of the federal government.

3 Thus, the Flag Code does not prescribe any penalties for non-compliance nor does it include enforcement provisions; rather the Code functions simply as a guide to be voluntarily followed by civilians and civilian groups.The Federal Flag Code does not purport to cover all possible situations. Although the Code empowers the President of the United States to alter, modify, repeal, or prescribe additional rules regarding the flag,

4 no federal agency has the authority to issue “official” rulings legally binding on civilians or civilian groups. Consequently, different interpretations of various provisions of the Code may continue to be made. The Flag Code itself, however, suggests a general rule by which practices involving the flag may be fairly tested: “No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America.”

5 Therefore, actions not specifically included in the Code may be deemed acceptable as long as proper respect is shown.

In addition to the Flag Code, a separate provision contained in the Federal Criminal Code established criminal penalties for certain treatment of the flag.6 Prior to 1989, this provision provided criminal penalties for certain acts of desecration to the flag. In response to the Supreme Court decision in Texas v. Johnson7 (which held that anti-desecration statutes are unconstitutional if aimed at suppressing one type of expression), Congress enacted the Flag Protection Act of 1989 to provide criminal penalties for certain acts which violate the physical integrity of the flag.8 This law imposed a fine and/or up to one year in prison for knowingly mutilating, defacing, physically defiling, maintaining on the floor, or trampling upon any flag of the United States. In 1990, however, the Supreme Court held that the Flag Protection Act was unconstitutional as applied to a burning of the flag in a public protest.9.

Please download the Offical US Flag Etiquette guide today.

Fly Your Flags at Half Mast

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Flags will be flown at half-staff for the next several days at the White House and all public buildings in honor of the victims in the Colorado mass shooting.

The White House announced the decision in a presidential proclamation Friday afternoon, “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated … in Aurora, Colorado.”

President Obama ordered that the flags be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and on all naval vessels until July 25.

The president directed embassies and other offices and military facilities abroad to take the same action.
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How To Fly Your Flag

When the President orders flags to be flown at half mast your flag must remain in that position until the President designates a day to return your flag to full mast.

Flags that are not being flown from an in-ground pole but from the side of a house must attach a black mourning strip to their pole or flag ring until the designated time as well.

If you have questions please call 614-263-1776 and we will give you further information.

Don’t Tread on Me Flags History of the Flags

The Gadsden Flag

The rattlesnake flags were the product of the southern colonies. One of the first of these was the Gadsden Flag, devised by Colonel Christopher Gadsden, a patriot of South Carolina, and presented to Congress with the expressed desire that it be designated as the flag of the Commander of the American Navy. Congress thanked him for the idea and discussed Benjamin Franklin’s analysis of the Rattlesnake, but declined to incorporate it into law. It is claimed that the Gadsden Flag was flown on the “Alfred” as the personal banner of commander Esek Hopkins, Commander of the American Navy. It was run up by John Paul Jones. The words “Don’t Tread on Me” were evolved from an incident of the times. Lord North had declared that he would never relax his coercive measures until he had brought America to his feet. The sentence is an answer to his Highness and a warning as well. It said, that should he accomplish his purpose, it would be as dangerous to tread on America as it would be to tread on her symbol – the American rattler.

The Gadsden flag was designed by and named after Colonel Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina, who presented it to Congress.
This flag was there when the U.S. Navy went to sea for the first time in 1776. The words, “Don’t Tread On Me”, was a warning by the colonists to the British.
Our colonial forefathers chose the rattlesnake for very specific reasons. The rattlesnake’s eyes exceed the brightness of any other animal in the animal kingdom. It has no eyelids, which represented the colonists’ vigilance. A rattlesnake never begins a fight but never surrenders when attacked. The rattlesnake, therefore, was used as an emblem by the colonists to show true courage and nobleness of heart and mind. The thirteen rattles at the end of the tail stand for our original thirteen colonies.

First Navy Jack Flag

Flown by the first American Navy as it assembled under Commodore Esek Hopkins, the legendary First Navy Jack has since been a symbol of both the American Navy and spirit.  The traditional thirteen stripes are crossed by a Timber Rattlesnake, which was especially significant in the American Revolution, as it became an avatar for the Colonial attitude.  The snake does not strike unless provoked, and gives warning first with its rattle, which shown on the flag has thirteen layers.  The bold words, “Don’t Tread on Me” reiterate the point and ensure that it is understood.  Currently, in accordance with the orders of Secretary of the Navy, all US ships are to fly the First Navy Jack for the duration of the War on Terrorism, in honor of those killed on September 11, 2001.

Culpepper Flag

This is the immortal banner of the Culpeper Minute-Men, who fought bravely against the British in the American Revolution.  Like the Gadsden Flag and the First Navy Jack, it contains a Timber Rattlesnake with the words, “Don’t Tread on Me,” a powerful expression of resistance to the British.  It also contains the words of their legendary commander, Patrick Henry, whose famous slogan “Liberty or Death” inspired many Colonial Forces to fight for the former at any cost.  The Culpeper Minute-Men fought bravely under this flag, striking many decisive blows against the British Infantry.  They were a self equipped Militia, known for their irregular but effective tactics.