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When I was a kid we always had a United States flag flying at our house. The flag, and all it stands for, has always been very important to my dad. As we would raise the flag together, my dad would share what the flag meant to him along with tips for how to properly care for the flag.
Over the years I have been proud to pass this information along to my own children. We display the flag on holidays and special occasions. And, in our geography co-ops and history lessons, we have reviewed flag etiquette and practiced the proper procedures for handling and folding the flag.
During a recent visit to Washington DC we even planned our first stop around the flag – we visited the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to see The Star-Spangled Banner exhibit and learn more about the 200 year old flag that inspired Francis Scott Key.
Flag Etiquette All Kids Should Know
It is important to share our country’s customs and national symbols with children of all ages. One of my favorite resources for flag etiquette is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Celebrating Americas Freedoms site.
Here you will find the following printable documents to share with your family:
- Correct Method of Folding the United States Flag
- Flying the American Flag at Half Staff
- Guidelines for Display of the Flag
- Old Glory
- Origins of Flag Day
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Star-Spangled Banner
- The United States Flag
If your middle or high school students would like to read something closer to original source material, be sure to share The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions. This report includes the United States “Flag Code”.
Flag Etiquette in Practice
Summer is a great time to celebrate the American flag with your children!
If you don’t already own one, purchase an American flag and teach your children how to properly handle and fold the flag.
Then, help them find a special place in your home to proudly display the flag.
You can also pick up a few books about the flag to help your kids can learn all about this national symbol.
Attend a special event in your community to celebrate Flag Day or July 4th and notice all of the flags on display.
Listen to music about the flag – one of our favorite places to hear patriotic music is with the Voices of Liberty at The American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot.