Can You Wear the American Flag as Clothing?
Can You Wear the American Flag as Clothing?

Can You Wear the American Flag as Clothing?

Wearing the American flag on clothing has long been a topic of debate, raising questions about patriotism, respect, and proper flag etiquette. The discussion often revolves around the flag code, and if wearing the American flag is a violation of the code guidelines.

The flag code, a set of advisory rules around the showcasing of the American Flag and other topics such as the pledge of allegiance, is part of Title 4 of the United States Code which is a Federal Law.  It was originated by Civil War veterans who wanted to protect the integrity and dignity of our national emblem. As the American Legion states, it only pertains to an actual flag used as clothing, not a pattern or print.  The flag code not enforceable, however, and only suggests following voluntary guidelines to preserve the flag’s dignity.

The American Legion, made up of veterans of the U.S. armed forces formed in 1919, offers a clear perspective on this matter, stating:

"Unless an article of clothing is made from an actual United States flag, there is NO breach of flag etiquette whatsoever. People are simply expressing their patriotism and love of country by wearing an article of clothing that happens to be red, white, and blue with stars and stripes. There is nothing illegal about the wearing or use of these items."

Patriots can proudly wear patriotic, and clothing with a print American Flag on it, as a symbol of expression and love for our country.  Our freedom of expression is protected by the First Amendment. As long as individuals are mindful not to wear an actual flag, they can proudly wear their red, white, and blue!

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