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Post 88 defines proper flag care, display regulations

When being flown, the United States Flag should always fall freely from a staff or pole with the union located in the upper most right corner of the flag, to the observer’s left.

When being flown, the United States Flag should always fall freely from a staff or pole with the union located in the upper most right corner of the flag, to the observer’s left. Courtesy flickr.com/photos/floris-oosterveld

— The Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 hopes that all American citizens and Cazenovia residents will fly the United States Flag on July 4, Independence Day.

As some residents may be unsure of the proper way to display their flag, the local legion has supplied a number of rules for the proper procedures, as approved by Public Law 94-344. They are as follows:

-The flag should always be allowed to fall free. Only bunting should be used as folded drapery and decoration: First blue, then white, then red.

-When the U.S. flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat, or suspended so its folds fall free.

-When displayed either horizontally or vertically, the union (stars on the blue field) should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left.

-When carried in a parade front with other flags, the U.S. flag should always be to the marching right of the other flags or to the front and center of the flag line.

-A worn or faded flag should be retired with respect. Post 88 has a flag drop off box at 26 Chenango St. in Cazenovia for collection of flags to be retired. Each June 14, Flag Day, the legion joins Cazenovia Boy Scout Troop 18 in conducting a flag retirement ceremony.

-Replacement flags, sold by The Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, can be purchased at Gene Gissin Photography, located at 25 William St., or in the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce, at 51 Albany St.

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America: the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. For it is this flag that is draped on the casket of our Veterans.

Regimental colors, state flags and organizational or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor to the U.S. Flag.

Alexander W. Keilen is publicist for Cazenovia American Legion Post 88. He can be reached at 655-3742 or alexwkn@aol.com.

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