Hanging Old Glory is not only a great way to display love for our great country, but it also adds a simple and classic look to any home. While some people choose to fly their flag year round, others might only display Old Glory during specific holidays throughout the year.

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Whether you choose to commemorate or to celebrate, here are few rules of flag etiquette:

  • Raise your flag briskly. Lower it ceremoniously.
  • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or floor.
  • Do not fly the flag in bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag.
  • The flag should only be flown at night if properly illuminated. Otherwise, it should only be flown from sunrise to sunset.
  • The flag should always be allowed to fall free.
  • The flag should never be used to carry, store, or deliver anything.
  • When displaying more than one flag, the U.S. flag should be flown to the observer’s left.
  • If you choose to suspend a flag, whether horizontally or vertically, be sure the union is in the upper left.

*For additional considerations, please visit: https://www.infoplease.com/spot/flagetiquette1.html

There are a few days when it is recommended to fly your flag at half staff: May 15, which is Peace Officers Memorial Day; September 11; the Sunday of Fire Prevention Week; and December 7, which is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. On Memorial Day it’s recommended the flag be flown at half staff from sunrise until noon. Visit the Half Staff American Flag Notifications website for updates to this schedule.

This week as part of our SUNsational Summer Giveaway series we are excited to partner with The Building Center located in both Gloucester and Essex and The Green Alliance. We will be giving away an American Flag, a $25 gift card to The Building Center, a Green Families Club membership from The Green Alliance, and a $250 gift card to Coastal Windows & Exteriors!

In 110 years of operation, The Building Center has become a part of the Gloucester community rather than merely a business within it and has expanded and opened a location in Essex. Some innovations at The Building Center include a check-in/check-out lumberyard.  The facility is built around the concept of a building products shopping center and is more than a hardware store…. More than a home center and more than a lumberyard with a retail sales area. The drive-in lumber operation is a full-service yard. The store itself is a full-blown home center with all basic departments plus a complete kitchen design showroom, garden center, a consumer lumber/building materials department, a marine department and the ever popular harbor loop gift shop offering a wide variety of creative and nautical gifts for the home.

To enter, visit the Coastal Windows & Exteriors Facebook page by August 8th and tell us how you display your American pride!