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.
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