Every Loyalty Day Parade has had many U.S. flags on display during the event, but do you know what is considered respectful etiquette when a flag passes by during a parade?
There was a time when everyone took their hats off, saluted, covered their hearts or stood proudly as "Old Glory" passed by in review at parades, but now fewer and fewer people recognize and follow these respectful traditions, said Les Walden, Clay County Veteran Service Officer.
"The United States flag represents a living country and is, itself, considered a living thing," according to The Flag Code. Established on Dec. 22, 1942, the code provides information about traditional ways to respect the flag and specific instructions on how not to use the flag.
"We don't expect everyone to hop up and down for every tiny flag on display during the parade," said Walden. "But when the full size flag passes by with the color guard units, that is the time to show the proper respect."
According to the code, when the United States flag passes in procession everyone should stand at attention facing the flag with their right hand over their heart. People wearing a hat should remove it and hold it at their left shoulder with their right hand over their heart.
For more information about the United States Flag, please visit http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html or contact the Les Walden at 448-9015.