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Round-up: Flag Day Laws and Fun Facts

A field of hundreds of American flags.  Commemorating veteran's day, memorial day or 9/11.
By Christopher Coble, Esq. on June 12, 2015 3:57 PM

Bust out your American flag. Dust off your flag pole. Sunday is Flag Day!

Did you know that Congress actually passed a law to make Flag Day a holiday? On June 14, 1977, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

In honor of Flag Day, here are some fun articles about flags:

Flag Flying Rules

You do not just stick the flag on the pole all willy-nilly. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it:

Right to be Patriotic

Wearing the flag may be patriotic, but it could get you in trouble.

  • US Flag Pin Gets Man Fired at FL Hotel -- A hotel worker wore a flag pin on his lapel for two years, until one day, his employer told him to take it off. He did what respectable patriotic person would do, refuse, and was fired.
  • School Does About-Face on American Flag Ban -- One teen flew a flag from his truck every day, until somebody apparently complained! Who complains about flying the United States' flag?
  • U.S. Flags on Cinco de Mayo: Student Speech Rights -- Another student wanted to show his patriotic pride by wearing a t-shirt with a flag on it ... on Cinco de Mayo. Other students and school officials weren't happy with the display. What do you think? Was it patriotic or insensitive?

Now, go forth and celebrate Flag Day, but watch out for the groundhogs!

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