DEAR JEFF: I know you have done this before, but in honor of July 4, could you please repost the flag etiquette rules? Thanks, “Betsy Ross”

Dear “Betsy Ross”: I would be glad to. According to the Flag Code and, the following are some of the rules that should be followed in displaying or handling the United States flag:

1. The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

2. The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

3. The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard

4. The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

5. The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure or drawing of any kind.

6. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything.

7. When the 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.

8. The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

9. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

DEAR JEFF: What’s the difference between getting injured on the job in a workplace violence situation and getting injured on the job in a worker’s comp situation? Thanks, “That Was Uncalled For!”

Dear “Uncalled For”: As far as being legally compensated, there is no difference. If you were injured due to an act of workplace violence, through no fault of your own, and you were within your work parameters at the time of the injury, worker’s compensation would cover the injury in the same manner as if you were accidentally injured on the job.

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