The nations colors fly above the Grant Gate access-control point Jan. 5, 2016. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Katie Peterson | Staff Writer

Flag Day is June 14 and, according to the U.S. Flag Code, is one of several holidays when the U.S. flag should be flown if it is not already flown year-round; but there are etiquette rules that must be followed when the flag is on display.

The joint color guard – comprised of Pfc. Brittany Smith, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Military Police Battalion (Detention); Sgt. Luis Rodriguez, 291st MP Company, 40th; Sgt. Milton Whitaker, HHC, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks; Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Ohl, USDB Navy Detachment; Marine Lance Cpl. Giovanni Johnson, Marine Detachment; Spc. Stephanie Walker, HHC, USDB; Sgt. Lyndl Navarrete, HHC, 40th; Pvt. Ashley Cherry, HHC, USDB; and NCOIC Sgt. 1st Class Max McLeod, HHC, 40th – posts the colors for the national anthem during the Memorial Day ceremony May 28, 2018, at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

• The flag is typically flown from sunrise to sunset but can be displayed 24/7 if it is properly illuminated during the night hours.
• The flag should be taken down during inclement weather unless an all-weather flag (generally made of nylon) is used.
• When flying on an in-ground flagpole, the length of the flag should be between one-fourth and one-third the length of the pole.
• The flag should always be flown right-side up unless it signals dire distress in situations of extreme danger to life or property.
• Other flags, such as state flags, may be displayed on the same flagpole with the U.S. flag, but they must be below the national flag; other nations’ flags must never be flown on the same flagpole as the U.S. flag.
•If other flags are displayed on different poles of the same height, the U.S. flag must be displayed on the viewer’s left.

• The flag may be hung on the wall either vertically or horizontally as long as the union side is to the viewer’s top left.
• During speeches, if on a pole, the flag should be placed to the speaker’s right.

Sgt. James Suggs, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, and Sgt. Eric Williams, 526th Military Police Company, 40th MP Internment and Resettlement Battalion, salute as Spc. Charles Hofmann, HHC, USDB, lowers the colors for Retreat March 12, 2012, outside the USDB. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Half-Staff Days:
Flags should be flown at half-staff for the following holidays:
• Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15
• Memorial Day (until noon) the last Monday in May
• Korean War Veterans Armistice Day on July 27
• Patriots Day on Sept. 11
• National Firefighters Memorial Day the first Sunday in October
• Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Dec. 7
Flags should also be flown at half-staff by proclamation of the president of the United States or a state governor. This often occurs with the death of a primary government leader, including a president or former president, a vice president, governors or members of Congress.

Patrick Bircher, sophomore at Lansing High School, and Liam Neidig, seventh-grader at Patton Junior High School, salute as Leavenworth High School juniors John Buckley and Alex Konczey attach the nation’s colors to a pulley in a flag-raising ceremony Aug. 25, 2014, by Normandy Field. Patrick noticed the USD 207 athletic field did not have a flagpole and so he erected one for his Eagle Scout project. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Other protocols:
• The flag must never touch the ground.
• The flag should never be used as a covering for a statue or monument.
• The flag should never be used to hold or carry anything.
• The flag should never be used in such a way that would result in it being torn, dirtied or damaged.
•The flag should not have anything placed on it, attached to it or marked on it.

Boy Scouts Jonathan Bochtler from Troop 1018, Jon Ranieri from Troop 400, Cub Scouts Mathew Hall from Pack 3169 and Josh Schatzel from Pack 1 place a large flag filled with smaller flags into the flag retirement pyre during the Community Flag Retirement Ceremony Sept. 10, 2011, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Park on the corner of 6th Avenue and Cherokee Street in Leavenworth. The ceremony was a partnership between Leavenworth VFW Post 56 and Fort Leavenworth Boy Scout Troop 366. More than 1,500 flags were retired during the ceremony. Photo by Amy Drummond/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Retiring the Flag:
Flags that are worn or deemed unrepairable should be properly retired, preferably by burning; however, they can also be dropped off at any Veterans of Foreign Wars post or acceptable collection receptacles for proper disposal.

A car enters post as the nations colors fly above the Grant Gate access-control point Jan. 5, 2016. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Fort Leavenworth has two collection bins for retired flags including one at the Fort Leavenworth Recycling Center on West Warehouse Road near Organ Avenue and one by the Fort Leavenworth Commissary parking lot.

A row of flags wave in the breeze as the anniversary ceremony begins Sept. 11, 2011, in VFW Park in Leavenworth. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Then-Garrison Commander Col. Wayne Green addresses the crowd assembled to commemorate the Sept. 11 anniversary Sept. 11, 2011, in VFW Park in Leavenworth. Sen. Jerry Moran and Leavenworth County Commissioner Clyde Graeber also spoke at the event. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp


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