On this day 240 years ago, the American flag was adopted by the United States.
So, in honor of Flag Day (June 14 is also the Army’s birthday!), here are a few ways to celebrate this day in history.
Learn the Federal Flag Code
The U.S. Flag Code dictates the rules of handling and displaying the flag. Those rules include what time of day to display the flag, where it comes in order of precedence in a group of other flags and how to respect the flag.
Dispose of an old flag
If you realize your flag is tattered or is no longer a good reflection of Old Glory, the American Legion will properly dispose of your flag in a ceremony. As it turns out, Flag Day is the recommended day to conduct this ceremony. The flag is inspected and approved for disposal before it is burned in a fire. You can reach out to your local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars post to help dispose of old flags.
Enjoy a military book
What better way to celebrate the flag than to read about those who served. Crack open one of your favorite books (“Flags of Our Fathers,” maybe?) and let this be a good start to your summer reading list.
Display the American Flag (including a lapel pin)
Once you’ve learned the flag code, now it’s time to display your flag. If you have your own flag pole at home or can put your flag in a flag pole holder, fly it high! If you cannot display one at your house, wear a flag lapel pin.
Visit a historic site or learn Army history
If you live near a historic military site, take some time to visit and learn about our country’s history. If you can’t make a trip, check out the U.S. Army Center of Military History’s website to learn about some of the branch’s important battles and histories.