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    Well. Obviously I should learn how to spell FLAG! FLAG etiquitte question!


    Would I be committing any breach of flag etiquette if I displayed a flag at my home on certain holidays that had been used in a burial service?

    My wife, a Marine Corp veteran, was presented the flag after her first husband was killed in 1971 truck crash.

    [This message has been edited by mac90 (edited 06-10-2001).]

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    I've checked the American Legion's website for flag etiquette and there's nothing I can find that addresses your question.
    http://www.legion.org/foldflag.htm

    My personal belief is that once the flag is folded into the tri-corner, it should remain that way as a measure of respect to the person whose casket it covered. There are cases available to display the folded flag.

    I'm guessing by your question that you want to display the flag outdoors; if so, I would recommend buying another flag. After a while, the flag would become unserviceable and custom dictates that it be destroyed. This wouldn't be an honorable and fitting end(IMHO)for a flag that once covered a casket.

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    • #3
      Mac,

      I have to echo Chop's post on this!
      6P1 (retired)

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      • #4

        Once a flag is removed from a casket, folded and presented to the spouse of a deceased military servicemember, it is not to be displayed again. The proper thing to do is keep it folded, and simply use another for display on certain days.

        The deceased is "retired" and the flag is therefore also "retired".

        Jim Burnes

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        • #5
          If you wife doesn't mind I see no problem with flying it on flag day, memorial day, veterans day, and the fourth of July.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the replies. She probably won't use it for display.

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