In the late nineteenth century, many states adopted laws to defend the sacred character of the flag by prohibiting its use in commerce. After World War I, in 1923, a National Flag Conference held in Washington, D.C., adopted a set of provisions recognizing that the flag "represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing."
On June 22, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a federal resolution that included many of the National Flag Conference's provisions codifying existing customs and rules governing the display and use of the flag of the United States by civilians. It was amended in December 1942. The Flag Code provides no penalties for noncompliance; rather it is a guide for civilians and civilian groups on how to display and show respect to our Flag.
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