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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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The traditional disposal method for an American flag is a ceremonial destruction by fire. Veterans' organizations have specific rituals for this process. They occasionally collect worn flags and hold public events to des... More »

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When an American flag is no longer in a fit condition to serve as a symbol, the generally approved method of disposal is cremation. Usually, the flag is prepared in some way and then burned completely in a dignified cere... More »

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The American flag is typically referred to simply as "the American flag;" however, it was originally named "the Stars and Stripes" when first approved in 1777. The flag initially had 13 stars and 13 stripes to represent ... More »

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The American flag is important because the stars stand for the states of the United States, and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that came together to oppose the British. The American flag is a statement... More »

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