flag and recognition programs

How To Fly A Flag



The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. 

The flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. The flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

When Is A Flag Flown At Half Staff



An easy way to remember when to fly the. United States flag at half-staff is to consider when the whole nation is in mourning. 

If your flag can’t fly at half-staff. For flags that can’t be lowered, such as on homes one should attach a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an acceptable alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.

Home & Business



American Honor Guards will provide a fresh flag to any home, small business, community church or county firehouse. There is no charge for this service. The only thing we ask is that the old flag be turned over to us for retirement.

Retiring Old Flags



The proper way to retire a flag is by burning the flag in a metal barrel on wood. 

The first flag will be dissembled by separating the red and white stripes from one another and cutting the canton (blue field) free. Every flag thereafter will be placed whole upon the fire. The flag will be burned until on ashes remain. The ashes once cooled are collected and placed into a container then buried on hallowed ground.

Operation Honor & Respect



Several times a year American Honor Guards will visit a different cemetery and place 18” American flags on the resting places for our veterans.

Operation Thank You



Six times a year American Honor Guards will visit senior centers and nursing homes in Brunswick & New Hanover Counties to perform pinning ceremonies for our veterans. This consist a small ceremony. A county Commissioner from that particular county will make some opening remarks, the Director of the Facility will make opening remarks as well. Then a veteran from American Honor Guards will present to the veteran, a American flag lapel pin, a certificate of appreciation recognizing their service to the United States and finally we will present to the veteran a 2 x 3 American flag which they may hang in their room.