Friday, May 26, 2006

Memorial Day 2006 - Part I

As we prepare for Memorial Day, here are some important reminders and information.

United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag says, in part:
Time and occasions for display:
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on

New Year's Day, January 1
Inauguration Day, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, third Monday in January
Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
Easter Sunday (variable)
Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, first Monday in September
Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, second Monday in October
Navy Day, October 27
Veterans Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day, December 25

and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
the birthdays of States (date of admission)
and on State holidays.

Flag ettiquite may be found here and here. You may also check out U.S. Army Regulation 840-10 for more heraldic information.

The History Channel has an excellent site dedicated to Memorial Day.

Me and my brothers will be out on Sunday doing our annual run to the wall. If you've never experienced it... I recommend that you do.

Finally, take a moment... The Price of Freedom is Visible Here!