Celebrate Memorial Day Around the Queen City and Know Your Flag Etiquette

May 28th, 2021 by

American Flag Waving in front of the Sky

We’re putting American Flags up at Woody Sander Ford for Memorial Day, and as we do so, we reflect on several important things. First—the meaning of Memorial Day, which honors those who died in service to our Nation, and next: the protocol for displaying Old Glory. There are events to remember those killed in action from Blue Ash to Covington and Newport. Read on for some helpful flag protocol and Memorial Day Events around our beautiful city.

Sometimes we see improper Flag Etiquette, and we wonder, how many people know the rules of displaying a flag?

Specifically for Memorial Day, there are steps for Flag Display. 1. Hoist the flag to its peak for an instant, and then lower to half-mast. 2. Leave the flag at half-mast position until noon. 3. After noon, raise the flag to full peak.

The 77th Congress adopted The United States Flag Code in 1942, and since then, our Rule Book hasn’t changed much. Some little-known and even lesser-enforced elements of the flag code prohibit some often-enjoyed holiday activities like printing and using American-Flag napkins, paper plates, cups, boxes, and even beach towels. The United States Flag Code also expressly states that “[t]he flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” 4 U.S.C. § 8(i).

Interesting, right? Our activities on these holidays often move from Remembrance to celebration, but it may be something to keep in mind. “Food for thought,” as they say, when you see those cakes with strawberries and blueberries on vanilla frosting and some red, white, and blue tablecloths.

Surrounding the Flag and Memorial Day, all around our city, we have Memorial Day Events. Check out some of these:

Of course, if buying a new or used Fusion, Escape, Edge, F-150, Mustang, Bronco Sport, EcoSport, etc., is in your weekend plans, we’re here this weekend to help. Woody Sander Ford is convenient to all of Cincinnati, located just off 75 and near Northside, Linwood, Mount Adams, Indian Hill, Delhi, and West Chester. Call 513-541-5586 for an appointment.

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