PHOENIX, AZ — Whether you are a Valley resident planning to attend a Memorial Day service otherwise you’re flying your U.S. flag at your private home to honor those that died in service to our nation, protocol issues.
You can have a good time the vacation at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, at 1317 W. Jefferson St., throughout its open home from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. The Masons Demolay Youth Group will place flags on the graves in tribute to the veterans buried there. Walking excursions will likely be obtainable, volunteers will likely be readily available to answer questions and light-weight refreshments will likely be served.
Flying a flag at half-staff is not so simple as hoisting it midway up the flagpole. For particular steerage, go to U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7.
Anytime a flag is flown at half-staff, it “should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position,” in accordance with the Flag Code. When the flag is retired for the night time, it “should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.”
On Memorial Day, particular protocol is noticed.
The flag ought to fly on the half-staff position till midday solely, after which be raised to the highest of the workers for the rest of the day. This customized, distinctive to Memorial Day, honors the battle lifeless within the morning of Memorial Day, however then the flag is raised to full-staff at midday by the residing, “who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”
The customized seems to date back to at least 1906, when an Army rules e book included directions for the process. Congress made it a everlasting a part of the U.S. Code (Title 4, Section 6) with the proclamation: “For the nation lives, and the flag is a symbol of illumination.”
Not everybody has a flagpole. On Memorial Day, flags are sometimes mounted from the facet of a house, window or balcony. When the flag is mounted both horizontally or vertically, the blue area with stars must be on the higher left, as passersby would view it.
In all circumstances, make sure that the flag is in pristine situation and is not tattered and torn, and that its pink and white bars and the union (the blue area of stars) are brilliant and vibrant.
If the flag is now not appropriate for show, eliminate it correctly, ideally in a ceremonial burning. American Legion posts and different veteran teams typically have flag-disposal ceremonies.
Observing correct etiquette is equally necessary at Memorial Day companies at cemeteries and different venues. When the flag is hoisted:
- Spectators who aren’t in navy uniform ought to face the flag, stand at consideration and place their fingers over their hearts.
- Those who’re in uniform ought to give a correct navy salute.
- A person who just isn’t in uniform, however is sporting a hat, ought to take away it along with his proper hand and maintain it at his left shoulder along with his palm resting on his coronary heart.
- Attendees who should not U.S. residents ought to stand at consideration.
When the flag advances in a shifting column, it’s acceptable for all individuals to salute it because it passes.