Flag Resources

View a list of Flag display days, flag display and disposal guidelines, and flag disposal locations.

Flag Display Days

  • New Year's Day
    January 1
  • Martin Luther King Day
    3rd Monday in January
  • Lincoln's Birthday
    February 12
  • Presidents' Day
    3rd Monday in February
  • Easter Sunday
    Variable
  • Mother’s Day
    2nd Sunday in May
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff)
    May 15
  • Armed Forces Day
    3rd Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day (half-staff 'til noon)
    Last Monday in May
  • Flag Day
    June 14
  • Independence Day
    July 4
  • National Korean War Armistice Day (half-staff)
    July 27
  • Labor Day
    1st Monday in September
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day
    3rd Friday in September
  • Constitution Day (Citizenship Day):
    September 17
  • Columbus Day
    2nd Monday in October
  • Navy Day
    October 27
  • Veterans Day
    November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day
    4th Thursday in November
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    December 7
  • Christmas Day
    December 25

The American Flag

Remember to show your love for America, and your respect for our veterans, by displaying our nation’s most sacred symbol on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and all patriotic holidays.

How to Fly the American Flag - Ten Guidelines

  1. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  2. The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or the floor.
  3. When hung over a sidewalk on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.
  4. When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in a north/south street.
  5. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from the staffs.
  6. The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up in folds but always allowed to fall free.
  7. The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff.
  8. Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
  9. The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.
  10. The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.

Flag Disposal

Many Americans proudly fly the U.S. flag at their homes and places of work, but what do you do with it when it's old and ratty and you're ready for a new one? Don't just throw it in the trash like any other old item – that's considered disrespectful. Just as there is etiquette for displaying Old Glory, there's also etiquette for disposing of flags in a dignified manner.

Rules on how to properly fly the flag were established in June 1923, when the National Flag Conference met in Washington. Its members created the Flag Code, which states that "the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing."

The American Legion passed a resolution about flag retirement ceremonies in 1937, and they've been an important ritual ever since. According to the resolution, "The approved method of disposing of unserviceable flags has long been that they be destroyed by burning." The U.S. flag is considered such a sacred symbol that burning it in an undignified manner constitutes desecration. That's why the ceremonies are held in a specific manner.

Flag Disposal LocationsOfficial Flag Disposal Box

Woodbury County Commission of Veteran Affairs
1211 Tri View Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51103

Woodbury County Courthouse
620 Douglas St.
Sioux City, IA 51101

Monahan-Nelson
American Legion Post
4021 Floyd Blvd.
Sioux City, IA 51108

American Legion Post 425
2038 Highway 20
Lawton, IA 51030

VFW Post 1750 Sioux Valley
207 3rd St.
Cushing, IA 51018

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