The American flag is flown half-mast to commemorate important dates such as Peace Officer's Memorial Day and Patriot Day. It is also flown half-mast in the event of a national disaster or the death of specific government... More » World View Social Sciences Cultures & Traditions

The American flag deserves to be honored and respected; therefore, the proper protocol for folding the flag must be followed including folding the flag width-wise, in triangles and by tucking the final flap in. The Ameri... More » World View Social Sciences Cultures & Traditions

The United States Flag Code states that the American flag should never fly upside down, except when used as a distress signal, and that it should not touch anything beneath it. The union should be at the top of the staff... More » World View Social Sciences Cultures & Traditions
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