Memorial Day Facts & Flag Etiquette

I love everything patriotic, OK I just really love this country.  I hope you will have a great memorial day weekend but remember what we are really celebrating, the lives of our soldiers and what they were fighting for.

Just a quick look at some facts about Memorial Day. Followed by a brief Flag Etiquette

Did You Know?

– The number of U.S. armed forces personnel who served in World War II between Dec. 1, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946 was 16.1 million.

– The average length of active-duty by U.S. military personnel during WWII was 33 months.

– The proportion of U.S. military personnel who served abroad during WWII was 73 percent.

– The average time U.S. personnel served overseas during WWII was 16 months.

– A total of 292,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were killed in battle in WWII.

– The number of other deaths sustained by U.S. forces during WWII was 114,000.

671,000 U.S. troops were wounded during WWII.

5.7 million World War II veterans were counted in the 2000 Census. The census identified the period of service for World War II veterans as September 1940 to July 1947.

– The estimated number of WWII veterans living in California in 2002 was 475,000, the most in any state. Other states with high numbers of WWII vets included Florida (439,000), New York (284,000), Pennsylvania (280,000), Texas (267,000) and Ohio (208,000).

– The estimated number of women in 2002 who were WWII veterans was 210,000. These women comprised 4.4 percent of WWII vets.

– The proportion of all veterans in April 2000 who were WWII veterans, was 22 percent.

The median age of WWII veterans when the last census was conducted was 76.7 years old.

– The proportion of WWII veterans who were still employed in 2000 was 11.6 percent.

– The number of WWII veterans in 2002 who received compensation for service-connected disabilities was 440,000, about half the number in 1990 (876,000) and nearly two-thirds less than the nearly 1.2 million disabled WWII vets in 1980.

– The projected national expenditure for veteran’s benefits in 2004 was $62 billion.

Data courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

American Flag Etiquette. 
Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:

  • The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
  • The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.
  • The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Courtesy of http://www.usa-flag-site.org/ please vist them for more info and great pics.

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