"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
The flag consists of 13 alternating red and white stripes that represent the 13 original colonies, and 50 white stars on a blue field, with each star representing a state. The colors on the flag represent: Red: valor and bravery White: purity and innocence Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice
For more information on the history of the flag, view the Senate publication titled Our Flag.
On June 14th, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance, commemorated Congresses adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.
For more information on Flag Day, please visit the sites listed below:
What U.S. Code governs the National Flag? U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 governs the use/display of the National Flag for federal agencies and provides guidance for others. It should be noted that each state Attorney General has the responsibility to set flag policy, including the National flag, for their respective states.
What is the proper manner for display of the flag after sundown? U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6(a) states that the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
How do you dispose of a torn, soiled or damaged flag? U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k) states the flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
The volunteers at halfstaff.org are committed to providing accurate and timely information on property displaying the flag of the United States of America. The United States flag represents all the people of America as does their organization. Over the years patriotic Americans have desired to show the proper respect for their American Flags. The problem has been in the inability to obtain timely information on when and how to fly their American flags.
On average, more than 100,000 American flags fly over the U.S. Capitol a year. Why so many? The Capitol Flag Program, which began in 1937, allows a member of Congress to request a flag be flown over the Capitol on behalf of a constituent. The flag is then given to the constituent.
The Architect of the Capitol fulfills more than 100,000 flag requests from Members of the House and Senate each year. With advance notice, a flag can be flown on a specific date to commemorate a birthday, retirement, anniversary, or other special occasion. Each flag comes with a certificate of authenticity that can be personalized to reflect the occasion. Flags are available in nylon and cotton, and come in three sizes (3’x 5’ - 4’x 6’ - 5’x 8’).