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Marine Corps League of Naples
E.T. Brisson Detachment #063, Naples, FL
US Flag Etiquette
FLAG ETIQUETTE

When carried in a procession:
The Flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the Flag of the United States may be cenered in front of the others or carried to their right.

When the Flag passes in procession or when it is hoisted/lowered:
All should face the Flag and salute.
To Salute: All persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute.  Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart.
Members of an organization in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.

Flag lapel pins:
Worn on the left lapel over the heart.

The Flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the Flag, also contains specific instructions on how the Flag is not to be used.
These are as follows:
The Flag should never be "dipped" to any person or thing.
It is to be flown upside down only as a distress signal.
The Flag should not be used as drapery, or for covering a speaker's desk/podium, draping a platform or for any decoration in general.
   Bunting of red, white and blue stripes is available for these purposes.  The blue strips of the bunting should be on the top.
The Flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
The Flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
The Flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, may mark, insignia, letter, word, number figure or drawing of any kind.
The Flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything.

Disposal:
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a difnified manner.

Locally, flags can be deposited in one of the designated WHITE MAILBOXES located at:
The Fire Station at Veterans Park on Immokalee Road, west of I-75
or
The VFW Golden Gate Post #7721 on Neff's Way (Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard)