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Respecting Old Glory

Dear Editor,

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of patriotic pride. The U.S. flag can be seen flying everywhere to indicate a symbol of unity, to remember the men and women serving in our military, and to remember those who have died for our country. Many individuals asking questions about proper flag etiquette have contacted the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and we appreciate their questions.

To assist in displaying our nation’s symbol, I would like to share a few guidelines: 

·         A flag displayed on a car should be fastened to the right-side bumper, antenna, or to the window. 

·         If displaying a flag on a wall, the blue field should be in the upper left corner, and it should never touch the ground. 

·         When displaying an all-weather flag outdoors, 24 hours a day, there should be a light near it, at night, so it is not in complete darkness. 

·         Above all, when the flag becomes worn, please replace it. 


For additional flag etiquette information, visit the VFW website at or contact your local Post commander.

Many VFW Posts will be conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14. Please drop off your torn or faded U.S. flag at your local Post starting on Loyalty Day, May 1 to June 14.

Remember Old Glory has been flying for more than 246 years and will be flying for many, many years in the future. Thank you for showing your patriotic pride.

God Bless America!

— Martin Yingling, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California State Commander