THE STARS & STRIPES #4
Below are some of the U.S. Code's numerous flag rules: It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously; the flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed; the flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on Election Day; the flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise; the flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling; the flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything; the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever; no part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform; the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
Confucius (551-479 BCE)