Local American Legion Post No. 147 shares information on proper protocols for the American Flag and their flag services.

MIAMI — The American Legion Post No. 147 is bringing awareness to the proper display and treatment of the American Flag.

“At our regularly scheduled post meeting, it was brought up that American flags belonging to residences in different parts of the Miami community are in urgent need of replacing due to fading, tearing and discoloration,” Legion member, U.S. Air Force veteran Clint Huffman said.

The American Legion Post No. 147 offers proper disposal of worn flags at no charge.

“Please let people in the area know they can dispose of their used flags properly by bringing them to the drop box in front of American Legion Post No.147 here in Miami,” Huffman said.

The American Legion Post No. 147 is located at 2129 Denver Harnar Drive in Miami.

“Simply place the flag in the drop box container and the American Legion will dispose of the flags in accordance with American Legion protocol. The American Flag should never be simply thrown in the garbage,” Huffman said.

The local American Legion also offers a flag program service to area businesses and residents.

“A good alternative if anyone would like to display the American flag would be to consider using the American Legion Flag Program,” Huffman said. “Our Post Flag Detail puts out approximately 440 or more American flags throughout the Miami area 10 times per year.”

The flags provided are on a steel pole and are 4 feet by 6 feet. They are placed in front of businesses and private residences by members of the American Legion Flag Detail. The cost to have a flag displayed is $40 for the first year and $25 per year afterward.

“This is a great way to show your patriotism and make the area more beautiful,” Huffman said.

Please contact John Edwards at 918-720-3824 if interested in the flag service.

The Post Flag Detail will put out flags in the Miami area two more times in 2018 after Labor Day. The dates are Sept. 11, Patriots Day and September 21, POW/MIA Day.

“Area residents are encouraged to drive around Miami on any of these days and check out how great the flags throughout our town and residential areas really beautify Miami and reflect the patriotism of our Oklahoma residents,” Huffman said.

According to The American Legion and the U.S. Flag Code:

Time and occasions for display —

(a) It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs 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.

(b) The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

(c) The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.

(d) The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on New Year's Day, Jan. 1; Inauguration Day, Jan. 20; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the third Monday in January; Lincoln's Birthday, Feb. 12; Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February; National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29, 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; Father's Day, third Sunday in June; Independence Day, July 4; National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Constitution Day, Sept. 17; Columbus Day, second Monday in October; Navy Day, Oct. 27; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November; Christmas Day, Dec. 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.

(e) The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.

(f) The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.

(g) The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.