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Dates to display our National Color
The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:
January 1 - New Years Day
January 20 - Inauguration Day
January 26 - State of Michigan Birthday; admission into union (State Holiday)
January: 3rd Monday - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday
February 12 - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
February: 3rd Monday - George Washington's Birthday
March/April (Variable): Easter Sunday
May: 2nd Sunday - Mother's Day
May: 3rd Saturday - Armed Forces Day
May: Last Monday - Memorial Day (Half staff until 12:00 p.m.)
June 14 - Flag Day
July 4 - Independence Day
July 27 - Korean War Veteran's Day (Half staff all day)
September: 1st Monday - Labor Day
September 11 - Patriot Day (Half staff all day)
September 17 - Constitution Day
October: 2nd Monday - Columbus Day
October 27 - Navy Day
November 11 - Veteran's Day
November: 4th Thursday - Thanksgiving Day
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day (Half staff all day)
December 15 - Peace Officer's Memorial Day (Half staff all day)
December 25 - Christmas Day
The flag should also be displayed on such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States, State Governors, and on State Holidays.
The 13 Folds of an American Flag.
- The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
- The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
- The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
- The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
- The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.
- The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
- The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
- The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
- The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
- The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
- The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
- The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nations motto, "In God We Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.