According to the American Legion (July 2008 edition) the Congress has made a few changes to procedures in use and displayment of the Stars and Stripes.
1) It is no longer a requirement to destroy a flag that has touched the ground. Soiled, but undamaged, flags may be washed or dry-cleaned now.
2) The Stars and Stripes may now be displayed during in-climate weather, provided it is an all-weather flag such as nylon. Most modern flags are made of all-weather materials so this should pretty much cover every citizen with a flag on his or her home.
3) While bunting is not a US Flag, the code now covers such decorations and requires that the blue be in the center, then white then red.
4) Veterans, even while not in uniform or in garb identifying them as veterans, are now permitted to salute the flag. All other citizens should remove any headware, face the flag and place their right hand over their heart.
5) It is now permissible to display memorial flags from fallen veterans. Not only is it permissible, but I, personally, would say that you SHOULD display these flags.
The entire code can be seen at www.legion.org/national/americanflag/flagcode if you have any questions.
Just a note, you know how it APPEARS that the flag is reversed on the arms of United States Soldiers? The reason that is correct is because the blue portion of the flag should always lead the soldier into battle, just as if the flag was flying on a mast as the army marched on.
I thought it was interesting at least.
I hope you all have a very happy Independence Day, even if you are not an American Citizen (and by American, I do not mean to slander those of Canadian or Mexican descent, we know that they are both a part of the North American continent and that you too are also “americans” I only use it in the tradition sense to refer to those citizens who are members of the United States of America.)