How to properly display an American Flag

As we near the occasion of The Healing Field, sponsored by Old Second on Nov. 3-13, 2013, here is information on the proper display of a flag.

The United States flag should always be treated with great care and respect. In order to properly preserve, display, and discard a United States Flag, it is imperative to know proper Flag Code.

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There are certain rules to follow when it comes to how the flag is displayed. The United States flag must be on a staff if it is being displayed on a float in a parade. Never should the flag be laid over the hood nor the top, sides, or back a vehicle, train, or boat. If a flag is displayed on car, it should be secured from the right fender.

When the U.S flag is displayed with other flags or pennants, no other flag should be flown higher or to the right of the United States flag. In the same sense, if the flag is displayed along with State flags, localities, or pennants of societies, it should be in the center/at the highest point if flown on individual staffs, or at the top if on the same halyard.

Flying the U.S flag midst flags of other countries, the flags should each have their own staff, the flags should be the same size, and the flags should all be flown at the same height.

It time of tragedy, mourning, or recognition, the flag may be flown at half-staff. When hoisting the flag, it should sit at its peak position for a moment before being lowered to half-staff. The same process should be followed when lowering the flag. In the instance where a flag is used to cover a casket, it should be placed so the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. However, the flag should never be lowered into the grave or touch the ground at any time.

How to properly care for an American Flag

As we near the occasion of The Healing Field, sponsored by Old Second on Nov. 3-13, 2013, here is a reminder on the proper care for a flag.

The United States flag should always be treated with great care and respect. In order to properly preserve, display, and discard a United States Flag, it is imperative to know proper Flag Code.

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The United States flag should be displayed on buildings or on a stationary flagstaff in the open. It is customary to display the flag from sunrise to sunset and to raise the flag with energy and lower it ceremoniously. If it is a patriotic time, the flag may be flown for 24 hour with proper illumination during the dark hours.

It’s important to note that if the weather seems unfavorable, one should only display an all-weathered flag. Holidays, president’s birthdays, Memorial Day, and Labor Day are especially important days to fly the flag. On Memorial Day, it should be at half-staff until noon.

Time to Act Quickly to Sponsor Your Flag

Act now by sponsoring an American flag on the Healing Field in Aurora in honor of a family member who is a veteran or is currently serving.  Time is running out.  The Healing Field will begin on November 3rd.

It’s almost time for the Healing Field to rise; 2,013 American Flags will be
erected to honor our Veterans and active duty servicemen and women on
November 3rd through November 13th. You can sponsor a
flag and even add a personalized tag honoring a family member or friend by
visiting any Old Second Bank Branch or visiting the Old Second Bank website.
You may also register and sponsor online.

Once the Healing Field is concluded you may pick up your flag or have it
shipped to you (small shipping fee)

Sponsor a Flag for Your Veteran or Service Member

HONOR A VETERAN OR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBER AT THE HEALING FIELD AT WEST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL, AN EVENT SPONSORED BY OLD SECOND BANK. YOU’RE INVITED TO SPONSOR ONE OF 2,013 AMERICAN FLAGS AND PERSONALIZING IT WITH YOUR OWN TAG. THE FLAG IS YOURS TO KEEP AFTER THE 10 DAY HEALING FIELD EVENT IS CONCLUDED AT DUSK ON VETERAN’S DAY.

The Healing Field came into being after the tragic events of 9/11/2001. The
need for healing and the reminder of the true cost of freedom has been
celebrated around the country through Healing Field Events ever since that
very sad and difficult day. The ceremony is designed to honor living and
deceased Veterans and the brave men and women who are on active service in
the military. Aurora is proud to host The Healing Field during the week of
Veteran’s Day, the most coveted time of the year for this honor.

Starting on November 3rd until November 13th, 2013 American Flags
will be on display on the Plum St. side of West Aurora High School, waving
in the breeze symbolizing the great sacrifice of America’s sons and
daughters, past and present, and their loving families. Prior to November
3rd, you can sponsor a flag and memorialize your flag with a special tag for
your loved one who has served or currently serves our country. Afterward you
may pick up your flag or have it shipped to you (small shipping fee).

It’s easy and affordable to sponsor a flag at The Healing Field. Simply,
visit any Old Second Bank branch or go to our website. Old
Second Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of The Healing Field with West Aurora
School District 129 and the A+ Foundation of West Aurora High School. You
can complete your sponsorship on line for both a flag and personalized tag
at a secure website by clicking here.

Please consider sponsoring a flag and tag for an anonymous family to
remember their veteran or active duty member of the service.