David Lee Brown
United States Flag Codes
United States Flag Codes
Our US Flag Code is being violated daily. We need to honor the flag of the country that was founded on biblical principles, biblical scripture and freedom to practice our religion of choice – and yes that includes Christianity, much to the chagrin of Islamists. If you want to truly honor our flag you will always consult the US Flag Code. I provided the website above. Currently there is no fine or prison time for desecrating the flag within the US Flag Code. Each state has the right and responsibility to establish punishment for desecration of our flag. The State of North Carolina makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor for anyone to mutilate, defile, deface or trample upon the U.S. flag or the North Carolina state flag. [N.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 14.381]. Please study the code, but I’m going to hit a few highlights that are important to me and that I’ve seen violated.
On US soil, whether in the States or Territories of the US, you never fly any flag above the level of the American flag, not ever. I watched a video of a veteran in the United States cut flags down outside of a Mexican establishment because they were flying the Mexican flag above the American flag. If they were in Mexico, that would have been fine, but not here in the United States of America and its Territories. Never fly any flag above the US flag.
Advertising flags should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the US flag is flown. I’ve seen more than one advertising flag flown under the US Flag. I personally have seen McDonalds and Nationwide fly flags under the US Flag. This is not to be permitted. To fly an advertisement flag you must have it on a separate pole and it must fly below the level of the US Flag.
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress (hats, ball caps, hoodies, yamaka, turban, fez etc.) with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Non-Americans - illegal or legal aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a parade or review should be rendered at the moment the flag passes. I’ve seen parades and marched in parades when virtually no one honored the flag as it passed by. Folks, at least stand if your physically able and put you hand over your heart until the flag passes you, then feel free to sit, turn to talk to people, eat your lunch or whatever, just show our flag the respect it’s due.
Honor the flag of our great country, the United States of America.