Citizens honor American flag and its uses in many ways

Flying over the country day and night, the American flag provides many uses along with saluting it. It has been in existence for over 225 years.

Due to the historical value it holds, the American flag has acquired procedures and uses for military personnel and other institutions of the government like schools and the post office. There are many different types of flags within Pennsylvania, let alone the United States. The flag’s main purpose is for display. The American flag has its federal law surrounding it.
According to the Congressional Research Service, “There are specific times and conditions for display of the flag, manners and methods of display and buildings where the such display should occur.”
This law is provided to help create guidelines behind the correct and incorrect ways to display the flag.
“In the United States, no other flag should be placed above the American flag or, if they are to be placed on the same level, to the right of the American flag,” according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
This law is used in government-officiated workplaces such as federal banks and schools. “All supervising officers and teachers in charge of public, private or parochial schools shall cause the Flag of the United States of America to be displayed in every classroom during the hours of each school day,” according to The Pennsylvania General Assembly 1949 Act 14.
Not only is the flag displayed, but it is fought for. Private first class Austin Russ finds pride in the American flag after serving in its honor.
“I know the American flag because I defend it in the course of action,” Russ said.
The flag is featured on his military uniform. “We were taught that, on our uniform, the flag on our left shoulder is faced backward to symbolize a flying flag when running towards enemies,” Russ said.
The post office is also a government-run office where they display the flag.
“We raise and lower the flag, as well as raise it half-staff on specific occasions,” postmaster Kristy Young said.
The flag is also used to commemorate soldiers who have died in battle.
“It’s not like how you see in movies where the flag is given after the honor guard shows up at your house,” Russ said. “At the funeral, they will do a 21-gun salute. Once finished they fold the flag and present it to the family in honor of the fallen soldier.”
If an American flag is damaged or tarnished, it is recommended by the United States Flag Code that it be disposed of.
“When it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” according to
Flags can be dropped off at local American Legions or Lions Club locations for proper disposal.