Displaying the American flag properly

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  • By Airman 1st Class Danielle Conde
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
The American Flag is the ultimate symbol of freedom and justice that Americans have risked their lives to preserve for generations.

"The flag is the single thread that binds us as military personnel together," said Senior Master Sgt. Justin Papalia, Joint Communications Support Element operations superintendent. "Bravely and willingly these men and women took on the risk because they believe in our nation."

Today, there are still service members in harm's way defending the United States and paying the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

For this reason, it is important to display the American flag properly and respectfully this coming Independence Day.

To begin with, make sure the entire flag remains visible. Traditionally, the flag is displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open and may be displayed during the hours of darkness as long as it is illuminated.

However, for those who are not using a flagpole just be sure the entire flag is visible and is free to wave without any obstructions.

Secondly, with it being hurricane season be sure to only fly the flag during suitable weather.

Thirdly, avoid flying and handling the flag dishonorably. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall or in a window, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, which is the observer's left.

Finally, do not use the flag as apparel or decoration. Bunting red, white and blue stripes should be used instead.

"Whether at the sea on a U.S. Naval vessel, out front of an embassy or consulate on foreign soil, or aloft at one of the many military installations throughout the world, the American flag is the representation of Americans as a united people," said Papalia.