How to proudly display the U.S. flag this Independence Day

LANSING, Mich. — As America prepares to celebrate its birthday, Sen. John Proos is sharing useful information with area families on how to display their U.S. flags this Fourth of July.

“Old Glory is more than just a flag waving in the air; it’s a living symbol of liberty and the American spirit,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “As Southwest Michigan families celebrate our independence by flying the American flag this week, I urge everyone to honor those who declared us free 242 years ago and everyone who has fought to protect that freedom by treating the flag with dignity and respect.”

Proos is sharing details of the U.S. Flag Code with residents for their use while displaying the flag. The information on “How to fly the American Flag” is available on Proos’ website at

“Considering everything the flag represents — one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all — I encourage residents to proudly display the flag and also properly care for it, including retiring the flag if it is worn or tattered,” Proos said. “People with flags that are too worn to continue service can contact the Boy Scouts or their local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion post. They often provide flag retirement services.

“Flags that have been flown over the Michigan Capitol are available through my office for residents who want to buy a flag or need to replace a retired one.”

Residents who want to buy a flag or need to replace a retired one can order a 3-by-5-foot U.S. or Michigan flag by contacting Proos’ office at 517-373-6960 or

“The Fourth of July is a joyous time to celebrate our freedoms, show pride in our country and remember the declaration proclaimed more than two centuries ago that started it all,” Proos said. “I hope all Southwest Michigan families have a fun and safe Independence Day.”