I ran the following article in the June 2014 issue of the Business Voice. After attending many meetings and gatherings where Old Glory was the focus of pomp and circumstance, I thought I would share it again. When the occasion calls for a color guard, I am amazed at the wide variety of reactions by my fellow attendees. There seem to be very few civilians who know what to do when a flag is paraded past them.
Since Flag Day is Thursday and the Fourth of July is right around the corner, I thought this to be an appropriate time to answer all of those protocol questions you may have been afraid to ask!
Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union (stars) should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that a church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services, or for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right. The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger. No other flag ever should be placed above it. The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right (as in stage-right or to the audience's left) of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.
Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.
There is actually a Section in the US Flag Code addressing this issue, which states:
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.
NOTE: This is what you are supposed to be doing when the color guard is doing their job!!
The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting. When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
The Flag in Mourning
To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset. (I did not know this!)
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
What about that Gold Fringe on some flags?
The quote below concerning gold fringe on the flag is from the book So Proudly We Hail, The History of the United States Flag by William R. Furlong and Byron McCandless:
"The placing of a fringe on Our Flag is optional with the person of organization, and no Act of Congress or Executive Order either prohibits the practice, according to the Institute of Hearaldry. Fringe is used on indoor flags only, as fringe on flags on outdoor flags would deteriorate rapidly. The fringe on a Flag is considered and 'honorable enrichment only', and its official use by the US Army dates from 1895. A 1925 Attorney General's Opinion states: 'the fringe does not appear to be regarded as an integral part of the Flag, and its presence cannot be said to constitute an unauthorized addition to the design prescribed by statute. An external fringe is to be distinguished from letters, words, or emblematic designs printed or superimposed upon the body of the flag itself. Under law, such additions might be open to objection as unauthorized; but the same is not necessarily true of the fringe.'"
The gold trim is generally used on ceremonial indoor flags that are used for special services and is believed to have been first used in a military setting. It apparently has no specific significance and its (gold trim) use is in compliance with applicable flag codes and laws.
Now go out there are salute the symbol of our great country!!!
The Gene Haas Foundation and Pacific Western Bank Donations Launch Loan Fund
The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County recently received contributions from the Gene Haas Foundation and Pacific Western Bank to establish a loan fund in response to the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslides. The loan program is now helping businesses at a critical time as they feel the long-term strain of recovery.
“These funds are critical to businesses who struggle to keep afloat in the aftermath of disaster. Now is the time when they start to feel the impact of losses,” said Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC CEO. “Initially, many businesses tapped their savings and got help from family to keep the doors open. Now many are realizing that they will need loans beyond what they anticipated and that recovery is a long haul.”
The Gene Haas Foundation quickly worked with EDC-VC to establish a $200,000 loan fund for disaster assistance lending to businesses that were affected by the disasters. The loan fund was then augmented with an additional $250,000 from Pacific Western Bank. The funds are benefiting under-capitalized and disadvantaged businesses impacted by the fire that may not qualify for commercial credit.
“The Gene Haas Foundation stepped up immediately to help these businesses impacted by the fires in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties,” Stenslie said. “We greatly appreciate Pacific Western Bank’s generosity in further strengthening our ability to provide capital to help small businesses who are rebuilding.”
The loan fund has helped with the initial demand for assistance and provides a significant contribution to the vitalilty of the local retail and service economy. “The EDC-VC is grateful for this loan capital for the short-term needs of businesses in recovery, and we continue to reach out to banks for additional capital to augment our other loan programs designed for assisting with longer-term recovery and the continuing capital needs of local firms,” Stenslie said.
“Although it will take some time to assess the full impacts of the fire, we do know that neither Santa Barbara nor Ventura County is well-positioned to absorb the impacts, with flat or negative recent GDP growth in the local economies and an increasing dependence on exactly the kinds of businesses and industry sectors most severely impacted by the disaster. Our goal is to provide a bridge and a boost in operating funds to give small businesses a chance to get back on their feet,” Stenslie said.
Businesses located in areas declared a disaster due to the Thomas Fire whose sales were impacted by the fires can submit loan applications by contacting Clare Briglio at 805-409-9159. Loans may be up to $30,000. Larger requests will be managed under separate review processes and credit considerations. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2018.
As a matter of both business support and lending security, EDC-VC will provide borrowers with technical assistance advisors through its Small Business Development Centers who meet regularly with borrowers to provide comprehensive assistance, to monitor their progress and bolster their ability to repay the loans and remain in business.
Additional business disaster recovery services can be found online at http://edc-vc.com/disaster-recoveryservices/ or on the “Business Recovery” link on the home page of http://venturacountyrecovers.org/. For assistance, please contact EDC-VC SBDC Services Coordinator Alondra Gaytan at (805) 409-9159.
The SBDC is funded by the SBA and provides professional business assistance at no cost to businesses. Participating businesses are required to follow a well-defined scope of work and report their economic successes. These SBA milestones are defined as job creation, increase in sales, capital investment, job retention and business start-ups.
EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center and loan, manufacturing and international trade programs, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24, or email@example.com. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.
There is certainly a lot going on in Oxnard! In fact, there is so much happening we have invited three people to speak at the State of the City Address on June 22. In addition to Mayor Tim Flynn, Interim City Manager Scott Whitney will update us on what he has been covering and Development Services Director Ashley Golden will provide a report on current and future development projects in the city.
Oxnard is a diverse, dynamic and evolving community. We look forward to what Mayor Flynn will enlighten us about regarding governance of the city as well as the everyday operations of the county's largest incorporated city.
The State of the City Address will be held at the Embassy Suites on June 22 from 11:30 to 1:30. Online registration has closed, please call 805-893-6118 for any questions.
The Chamber sincerely thanks Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort for being the Title Sponsor for the event. Major Sponsors are Clear Channel Outdoor, Port of Hueneme, Procter & Gamble, and Southern California Edison. Supporting Sponsors include The Collection at RiverPark, DCH Auto Group, Kaiser Permanente, Performance Therapy Center, St. John's Regional Medical Center / Dignity Health, UCLA Health, Ventura County Credit Union, and Western States Petroleum Association.
Message from the Chair
As a proud California State University graduate, I am dismayed to learn that Governor Brown’s January budget proposal for the CSU system falls $171 million short of the amount requested.
Graduating nearly 100,000 diverse undergraduate students into hundreds of fields each year, the California State University system’s (CSU) 3.4 million alumni help sustain the state’s economy and ensure employers have the skills-ready graduates they need.
Without additional funds from the Legislature, CSU campuses will have to make difficult decisions to cover financial obligations -- diminishing student access, success, limiting degree attainment and depriving California’s industries of skilled professionals. This will greatly impact the CSU’s ability to provide a much-needed quality education to those who need it the most.
Time and again, we hear from our 500 chamber members regarding the need for more skilled workers and a better-educated workforce. There are jobs available, but without the right education, they will continue to go unfilled, drastically impacting our local economy and that of the state.
While it is a good thing that thousands more students are meeting minimum CSU eligibility requirements, we need to ensure that they have a seat in the CSU. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the state needs one million additional college graduates by 2030. The CSU is answering this call and is on track to graduate an additional half million students in the next decade! But without adequate funding, this simply will not happen.
As Ventura County’s largest City and with an estimated 21.8% of Oxnard’s population living in poverty, we know all to well that obtaining an education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and providing our community members with a better quality of life.
We appreciate the support of our local State Senator Jackson and Assemblymember’s Irwin and Limon for the support of fully funding the CSU system and urgently request Governor Brown fully fund the CSU system.
Ensuring that higher education is a top legislative budget priority, will continue to aid CSU’s in educating California’s next generation of workers.
Friday was the deadline for bills to pass the house in which they were introduced. Only five job killer bills subject to the first house deadline have passed to the second house. A bill dealing with wage statement penalties was stopped on the Assembly Floor.
Job Killers in Second HouseMoving on to the second house are the following CalChamber-opposed job killer bills:
Held on Assembly Floor
AB 2613 (Reyes; D-Grand Terrace), which would have imposed another layer of Labor Code penalties for wage and hour violations in addition to the penalties already available under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and imposed personal liability onto employees who have no control over the actual payment of wages, was not brought up for a vote by the bill’s author.
CalChamber opposed this bill as a job killer because the provisions would have significantly increased litigation against California employers and limited their ability to invest in their workforce.
Policy committee hearings may resume on Monday, June 4.