Days to Fly the American Flag

While the flag can (and often should) be displayed daily from sunrise to sunset, the Heart of Texas Veterans Memorial lists the following as patriotic days of display, and with the POW/MIA flag and the Texas state flag. Six Flags Over Texas↙

Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 19 Texas Confederate Heroes Day
Jan 20 Inauguration Day (every 4 years)
Jan 3rd Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day born 15 Jan 1929 died 4 Apr 1968.
Jan 27 Paris Peace Accords to End Vietnam War↙ in 1973.
Jan 28 Modern US Coast Guard Birthday↙ The Modern US Coast Guard established in 1915.

Feb 1 National Freedom Day. 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution aka Black freedom day.
Feb 3 Four Chaplains Day. Commemorates the anniversary of the sinking of US Army transport Dorchester and subsequent heroism of these men.
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday born 12 Feb 1809 died 15 Apr 1865.
Feb 3rd Monday Washington’s Birthday aka President's Day. President George Washington, first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797, born 22 Feb 1732 died 14 Dec 1799.
Feb 23 Iwo Jima flag raised by US Marines 1945.
Feb 28 End of Operation Desert Storm 1991.

Mar 2 Texas Independence Day in 1836, declared independence from Mexico.
Mar 6 Texas The Battle of the Alamo Day in 1836.
Mar 15 American Legion Birthday 1919.
Mar 20 Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003.
Mar 25 Congressional Medal of Honor Day.
Mar 27 Texas The Goliad Massacre Day in 1836.
Mar 28 Vietnam War End in 1973.

Easter Sunday (date varies) The USA is a Christian Nation that celebrates that our Christ was risen from the dead.
Apr 6 Army Day. US entry into WWI 1917.
Apr 15 American Tax Day.
Apr 21 Texas The Battle of San Jacinto Day in 1836.

May 1 to May 31 Military Appreciation Month is May
May 6 National Day of Prayer. Annual observance was enacted in 1952.
May 8 V-E Day in 1945. WWII victory in Europe.
May Friday before Mother's Day Military Spouses Appreciation Day
May 2nd Sunday Mother’s Day
May 2nd Saturday to 3rd Saturday Armed Forces Week
May 3rd Saturday Armed Forces Day. And with POW/MIA flag.
May 22 National Maritime Day
May 28 National Poppy Day, American Legion. The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.
May the last Monday Memorial Day. From sunrise until noon, the flag is to fly at half-staff to honor our fallen veterans. From noon until sunset, it is to be flown full-staff to honor those still with us. And with POW/MIA flag.

Jun 6 D-Day 1944. Allies assault on Normandy France during WWII.
Jun 14 Flag Day and Army Birthday US Army in 1775, US Flag adopted 1777. And with POW/MIA flag.
Jun 19 Texas Juneteenth in 1865 a Black freedom celebration.
Jun 3rd Sunday Father’s Day

Jul 4 Independence Day in 1776. And with POW/MIA flag.
Jul 27 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in 1954.

Aug 2 Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam 1964, Start of Operation Desert Storm 1990, Invasion of Kuwait Operation Desert Shield 1990.
Aug 7 National Purple Heart Day to honor those who protected our freedom with blood.
Aug 14 USCG Birthday in 1790. National Navajo Code Talker Day.
Aug 15 V-J Day Japan surrenders in 1945.
Aug 27 Texas Lyndon B. Johnson Day

Sep 1st Monday is Labor Day
Sep 2 V-P Day in 1945. WWII victory in Japan and aka V-P Day Victory in the Pacific.
Sep 5 Texas Sam Houston President of Texas Day in 1836.
Sep 11 Patriot Day, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, and since 2002 in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of the year 2001 the flag is to fly at half-staff to honor the victims.
Sep 17 Constitution Day aka Citizenship Day. Constitution signed in 1787.
Sep 18 Air Force Birthday in 1947.
Sep 3rd Friday National POW/MIA Recognition Day. And with POW/MIA flag.
Sep 29 VFW Day. Birthday in 1899.

Oct 2nd Monday Columbus Day
Oct 7 Start of Operation Enduring Freedom 2001.
Oct 11 Columbus Day
Oct 13 Navy Birthday in 1775.
Oct 23 Beirut Barracks Bombing 1983
Oct 25 Grenada Invasion 1983
Oct 27 Navy Day
Oct 28 Texas The Battle of Concepcion Day in 1835.

Nov 1 to Nov 30 Military Family Appreciation Month
Nov 1st Tuesday Election Day
Nov 10 USMC Birthday in 1775.
Nov 11 Veterans Day. Originally WWI Armistice Day at 11th hour 11th Day 11th Month of 1918, became Veterans Day in 1954. And with POW/MIA flag.
Nov 4th Thursday Thanksgiving Day. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".
Nov 30 Southwest Asia Victory Day in 1995. Desert Shield and Desert Storm conflicts.

Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day↙ In solemn remembrance of the “day that shall live in infamy,” the flag is to fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset.
Dec 13 National Guard Birthday in 1636.
Dec 15 Bill of Rights Day
Dec 20 Panama Operation Just Cause 1989
Dec 25 Christmas Day. The USA is a Christian Nation that celebrates the birth of our Savior.
Dec 26 Cold War Victory Day in 1991, the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union. The Cold War began 1 Jan 1947.
Dec 29 Texas Statehood in 1845 became 28th state in the Union.

Do your best to honor the US stars and stripes by following these American Flag Code↙ rules:
Do not fly the flag in inclement weather or at night (see Flag Code for exceptions).
Do not fly a damaged flag.
Do not fly any flags larger or higher than the American flag. They can be of an equal size.
Do not allow the flag to touch the ground.
Fly the flag at the peak of the staff unless circumstances require it be flown at half-staff.

The Texas Flag Code↙ was first adopted in 1933 and completely revised in 1993. The following is a summary of the rules concerning the proper display of the Texas flag:
Flown out-of-doors, the Texas flag should not be flown earlier than sunrise nor later than sunset unless properly illuminated. It should not be left out in inclement weather unless a weatherproof flag is used. It should be flown with the white stripe uppermost except in case of distress.
When the flag is displayed against a wall, the blue field should be at the flag's own right (observer's left).
When the flag is displayed vertically, the blue stripe should be uppermost and the white stripe should be to the state flag's right (observer's left). The state flag should be flown on all state holidays and on special occasions of historical significance, and it should fly at every school on regular school days.
If the state and national flags are both carried in a procession, the national flag should be on the marching right (observer's left) and state flag should be on the national flag's left (observer's right). If the state and national flags are displayed from crossed staffs, the state flag should be on the national flag's left (observer's right) and behind the national flag's staff.
No flag other than the national flag should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the state flag's right (observer's left). The state flag should be underneath the national flag when the two are flown from the same halyard.
When flown from adjacent flagpoles, the national flag and the state flag should be of approximately the same size and on flagpoles of equal height, and the national flag should be on the flag's own right (observer's left). The state flag should neither be flown above the flags of other U.S. states, nations and international organizations on the same flagpole, nor be flown from a higher adjacent flagpole.
The state flag should never be used for any utilitarian or strictly decorative purpose. No advertising should be placed upon the flag or flagstaff, and no picture of the flag should be used in an advertisement. When the state flag is in such condition that it is no longer a suitable emblem for display, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning.

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