Use the U.S. Flag Code this Independence Day

LANSING, Mich. — As America prepares to celebrate its birthday, Sen. John Proos is sharing with families information to proudly display their U.S. flags this Independence Day.

“Old Glory is more than just a flag waving in the air; it’s a living symbol of freedom and liberty,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “As Southwest Michigan families celebrate our independence by waving the American flag, I urge everyone to remember everything it represents — one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. We owe it to our Founding Fathers who declared us free, and everyone who protected that freedom, that we treat the flag with respect.”

Proos shared with residents the U.S. Flag Code while displaying the flag. Information on “How to fly the American Flag” is available on Proos’ website at

For information on the code and flag etiquette, visit

“I encourage residents to give homage to the flag while also properly caring for it, including retiring the flag with dignity 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 can order 3 feet by 5 feet U.S. or Michigan flags by calling Proos’ Senate office at 517-373-6960 or by emailing

“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.”