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Friday, November 30, 2007

FLAG CODE: Rules for flying our flag upside down

Our Flag Representing Our State in Distress!
Title 4, United States Code, (The Flag Code) Chapter 1, Article 8, section (a)
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
The United States Flag code is not law, but rather a codification of custom, and presented as guidance to the citizens, not an ordinance. The various military services and Federal agencies, do in some instances, have regulations consistent with the United States code.

Indiana Code, Title 1, Article 2.
Defines the flag design and gives specific instructions to government agencies to display the same but offers little guidance on flag courtesy. The primary concern is that a new flag be flown over the capital building every day so that each legislator may be be given up to two per year, free of charge.

Similarly, Flying the US flag over the United States Capital is something of a production line operation so that legislators and many other's may have flags flown over the capital. There are special workers who raise and lower many US flags all day long so big shots can have flags to give away. You may judge for yourself how respectful this is to the spirit of the US flag.

Other than that, the Indian code provides no guidance on courtesy except instructions for disposal consistent with Chapter 4 of the United States Code, Section 8. By this it may be safe to assume that to the degree the legislature has been interested in flag etiquette it has assumed the customary usage cited in the US code.

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