CARROLLTON, Mo.- As the America celebrates its birthday, The Flag Code reminds us all the importance of the U.S. flag which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag. The Flag Code was established in June of 1923 by over 60 organizations.

Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923, there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag. The code is a guide for all handling and display and does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. That is left to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia.

The Flag Code, as written in Title 4 Chapter 1 cites guidelines such as physical appearance of the flag, display and use of the flag by civilians-codification of rules and customs, time and occasion for display, position and manner of display, respect for the flag, and conduct during hoisting or lowering the flag.

A notable practice of the Flag Code is when American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well.

For question and answers regarding flag etiquette and the Flag Code visit American Legion’s website.