Flag Day, June 14, kicks off a week of the patriotic display of the American flag. The day commemorates the adoption of an American flag back in 1777. It isn’t an official holiday, but it is usually a popular day in some City neighborhoods.
I looked through my invitations to see if I had missed one to a neighborhood Flag Day celebration. There is one in Herculaneum today, but the only invitation on my afternoon calendar is one from my father for a family barbecue. (I’ll be at that.)
Every year, I get emails from readers around this time of the year noting some improper display of the flag by their neighbors (or, sometimes, by a City facility).
Here is a summary of proper flag etiquette:Fly a flag in good repair
Fly a flag only between sunrise and sunset, unless it is illuminated
Fly a flag only in good weather
Fly a flag with the blue side up
I’d add one more "rule." Fly your flag proudly.
(Thanks to Mike DeFilippo for a flag photo from the Big Picture archive.)