The U.S. Flag Code established by Congress in 1942 offers guidelines for treating this national symbol with dignity. Brush up on your flag etiquette ahead of July 4 by learning how to fly the Stars and Stripes the right way.

 ● Don’t hang your flag backwards, upside down, or in another inappropriate fashion. If you’re hanging your flag vertically (like from a window or against a wall), the Union portion with the stars should go on the observer’s left. Never dip the flag to any person or anything.

 ● Prevent your flag from touching the ground, floor, or water. It’s not necessary to dispose of your flag if it accidentally hits the pavement, but you should make sure that it’s in good condition before displaying it again.

 ● There is a difference between half-staff and half-mast, even though they’re commonly used interchangeably. “Half-mast” technically refers to a flag flown on a ship’s mast, while “half-staff” describes flags flown on land.

 ● The flag is flown at half-staff when the nation is in mourning, such as for the death of government official or for remembrance. When flying the flag at half-staff, first hoist it to the peak for an instant and then lower to the half-staff position. Half-staff is defined as one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the flagpole. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

 Those who need to dispose of worn, torn flags may do so by taking them to the Fenton Fire Department or Fenton Police Department.

Scout ensures local flag disposal

 Four years ago, Christopher Harper, who graduated from Fenton High School this year, built the boxes as an Eagle Scout project. The two boxes, built in 310 hours with the help of 20 scouts, 14 adult leaders and five other adult volunteers, are now located at the Fenton Police Department and Fenton Fire Department.

 Harper was with Fenton Boy Scout Troop 212. At the time, he said, it’s about respect, care, and thanks for the country and for those who fought and continue to fight for us.

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