American Flag Importance

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The American flag is a cherished and respected symbol of our country. And because it is so honored, it had a lot of rules and regulations that even though they don't have consequences, should be respected and followed. Some really important rules and flag care are: The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. The flag should never be displayed with the starred blue union in the Canton down, except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. The flag should not be used as clothing, covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff. The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on or attached to it. The flag should never be stepped on. In a parade, the flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle, railroad train, or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender. When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms and should be stored folded neatly and ceremoniously. If the flag is being used at a public or private estate, it should not be hung (unless at half-staff or when an all-weather flag is displayed) during rain or violent weather...

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... not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart and when the flag is not displayed, everyone should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
The Star-Spangled Banners lyrics come from "Defense of Fort M'Henry", a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" was already popular in the United States. Although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889 and by President Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, which was signed by President Hoover.
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