How to Proudly Display the American Flag on Armed Forces Day

Held on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day is a national holiday that’s intended to celebrate our nation’s military servicemembers. It’s distinguished from both Veterans Day and Memorial Day by honoring all military servicemembers. Veterans Day, of course, is designed to honor military veterans, whereas Memorial Day is designed to honor military servicemembers who died during service. Armed Forces Day, on the other hand, honors all active and former military servicemembers. Because of the significance of this national holiday, you should consider displaying the American flag on Armed Forces Day.

Display It From a Flagpole

The U.S. Flag Code states that the American flag should always “fall freely.” The only exception to this rule was the Apollo missions, during which the American flag was displayed from a vertical pole with a fold-out horizontal bar. To ensure your American flag falls freely on Armed Forces Day, you should display it from a flagpole. It doesn’t have to be particularly tall flagpole. Rather, there are plenty of short flagpoles that are perfect for residential yards and landscapes. Once mounted to the top, your American flag will flow gracefully in the wind, all while complying with the U.S. Flag Code.

Don’t Let It Touch the Ground or Anything Below

In addition to displaying the American flag from a flagpole on Armed Forces Day, you shouldn’t allow it to touch the ground or anything below it. It’s considered poor etiquette for the American flag to touch anything below it. Besides, if you allow the American flag to touch the ground or something else below it, it may succumb to damage. So, when setting up your American flag for Armed Forces Day, raise it high enough so that it won’t touch the ground or anything below it.

Remove Flag After Sunset Unless Illuminated

Unless your American flag is illuminated, you should remove it after the sun goes down on Armed Forces Day (or any other day for that matter). Of course, you can always illuminate your flag using lighting. A simple outdoor light-emitting diode (LED) bulb will illuminate your American flag during the nighttime hours, in which case you won’t have to take it down.

To show your support for our nation’s military servicemembers, you should display the American flag in front of your home or business on Armed Forces Day. Held on third Saturday in May, this national holiday is designed to celebrate our nation’s military servicemembers. Therefore, it’s customary to display the American flag on Armed Forces Day.