Although Flag Day is not celebrated as a federal holiday, GSA and citizens across the United States will celebrate Flag Day on June 14 to honor the Stars and Stripes and to commemorate the flag’s adoption.
GSA has a leading role in U.S. flag policy, including display, illumination, sales, communications, and its proper disposal. The federal statute for the U.S. flag is 4 U.S.C., as amended, and has an interesting history.
Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by GSA’s founder, President Harry S. Truman, in 1949.
GSA is responsible for flying the flag at all GSA-managed locations, unless specifically stated otherwise in the policy. This includes all buildings that have been delegated to other federal agencies by the GSA Administrator, as well as GSA-leased buildings, if provisions for flying the flag are addressed in the lease.
With few exceptions, requests to fly the flag at half-staff nationwide must originate from the White House. Under current policy, the request is telephoned to the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service MegaCenter, with a follow-up order by email from the White House to the MegaCenter. The request is then sent by email to the GSA facility management personnel and federal agencies around the world operating GSA-managed buildings for implementation.
Like the U.S. flag, GSA is around the world meeting its vital mission to its clients and the American taxpayers.