The proper way to fly the American Flag

Alexandria, La. (KALB) This weekend the American flag will proudly be displayed in communities across the country as the nation honors its fallen heroes for Memorial Day. But there a few things to keep in mind about the American flag during this time of somber reflection.

The American flag should be at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day. (KALB)

The American flag should be at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day. If two flags are on one pole, the American flag should be on top, and if there are multiple flags on different poles, the American flag should go on the tallest one. Avoid displaying the flag upside down, in bad weather or in the dark--unless the flagpole is well lit.

Members of local veteran's organizations say the flag is a symbol of sacrifice to the country. They hope the community honors that this Memorial Day and every day.

"The flag is something we should be proud of," said Donald Smith, Commander for American Legion Post 3 in Alexandria. "When I see people burning the flag or stepping on it, it breaks my heart. We fought for that flag, I lost a lot of good friends fighting for that." Smith served as an infantryman during the Vietnam war.

Leo Aragon, Past State Commander for Disabled American Veteran's added "I think about all my brothers who didn't make it home, that's quite a few of them. Of course, we celebrate them memorial day at the cemetery. The American flag is one of the most beautiful flags in the world and anytime I see a flag I salute it. I fly a flag at my house all the time, seven days a week, 365 days a year." Aragon is also a Vietnam veteran and retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service.