The Flag CodeI'm a bit late with this, but during the Detroit posts, I mentioned a flag box and how stupefied I was that such a thing existed.
Jim Riegel let me know (as part of a very thoughtful e-mail) that there's such a thing as a flag code.
I knew there was such a thing, back in the day. Flags weren't supposed to touch the ground and things like that. I usually have a very difficult time understanding symbolism (although I'm fairly good at knowing when people are hiding behind it), so I didn't quite grasp how serious the rules are about U.S. flags.
They are, though. Very, very serious.
Here's a link to the U.S. Flag Code. There are 50 titles, with a section for each. It's massive. And if you want the highlights version, try this: Flag Frequently Asked Questions.
I was curious about when this was created, so I did a little research and found out that it was created in 1923 as a general set of guidelines. It was officially adopted by Congress in 1942.