(NC) - Canada Day is an ideal time to get acquainted with the internationally accepted Flag Code. The code is a system that formalizes the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag of our country.
With an established niche in social graces, here are some tips from Rémy Red - a red berry and orchard fruit liqueur from the family of Rémy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac - on the Standards of Respect for our Maple Leaf and for every other national flag:
National Flag Etiquette
A national flag should always fly upright, never dipped to a person or thing. A flag flown upside down is a distress signal.
A national flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general.
A national flag should never be used for advertising or business promotions. It should not be printed or impressed on paper plates, napkins, boxes, plastic utensils, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
A national flag should remain unblemished. No letters, markings, insignias, words, numbers, figures or drawings should be placed on it, or attached to it.
When a flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
When hoisted with flags of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.
When on display, our own national flag is accorded the place of honour. It should be placed to the right of a speaker or staging area. Other flags should be to the left.
To place the flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. To lower it, the flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered.