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Flag etiquette is important year-round, especially on Memorial Day

(WTVM/WXTX) - A lot of people are on the water or cooking out on Monday to celebrate the unofficial start of summer.

But keep in mind the actual purpose of Memorial Day is to remember the men and women in uniform who have died defending our freedom.

One way to honor those who've given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom is to fly your flag at half-staff on Memorial Day.

Keep in mind that there are several rules of etiquette when it comes to the American flag.

If you're going to display it at half-staff, you should first raise the flag to the top, then lower it to half-staff.

That is part of the U.S. Code: Title Four, Chapter One, Section Seven.

And if you're displaying your flag at half-staff on Memorial Day, you should do so until noon, then raise the flag back to the top.

And if you ever have questions about when you should fly a flag at half-staff, generally it's when the country is in mourning or during a remembrance, like on Memorial Day.

We can never thank those who've died in the name of freedom enough. But flying your flag today is a great way to start.

It's also important that your flag be in good condition. Make sure it's not torn, tattered or faded.

For more flag etiquette tips, click here.

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