February 4, 2005  


SLAC Receives Marine Corps League Award

By Vern Smith

SLAC staff and the Safeguards and Security officers in particular have been recognized for their commitment to flying the flag of the United States in a manner that befits it. To fly the United States flag properly, one needs to observe the Etiquette as specified in the National Flag Code. Interpreting the code can be confusing at best. For instance, Section 175, ‘Position and Manner of Display,’ spells out 15 specific rules to follow for displaying the flag.

Safeguards and Security Manager Rick Yeager accepts the Marine Corps League’s Flag Certificate from Vern Smith (ESD). Security officers present were (left to right): Maria Alvarado, Erick Eisenman, Riffi Khaliq, Scott Vinz, Simon Ovrahim and Harry McIntyre. (Photo by Diana Rogers)

Other details that should be followed include: If the flag is intended to be flown 24 hours daily, it must be illuminated after dark. It must also be an all weather flag made of Nylon, Dacron or Polyester. Following Presidential proclamations and local government requests, determinations must be made as to when it is proper to lower the flag to half staff if the occasion warrants it.

Lighting for the three flag poles at the Main Gate has been out since construction began for the Kavli parking lot. Following the rules under the Code, the Safeguards and Security staff currently takes the flag down every evening and then puts it back up each morning.

The Marine Corps League recognizes the responsibility and dedication required in making a commitment to fly the flag on an ongoing basis. It presents a Certificate of Acknowledgement to those deserving homeowners and businesses that fly the flag ‘Proudly, Publicly and Properly’ for an extended period of time.



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