The VFW Official Flag Etiquette Rules


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Flag Etiquette

To help members of the public show respect to the American flag, the VFW website publishes the official rules for displaying, storing, and disposing of the flag. Here are the general rules:
Display: The US flag should never be displayed in the dark. The VFW advises lowering the flag between sunset and sunrise or placing the flag under a permanent light source. The flag must always be at the top of the pole when it is sharing a staff with other flags.
Storage: The US flag must always be protected from dirt, moisture, and other causes of damage. When folded according to instruction, the flag becomes a triangular shape with only the star-covered section visible.
Disposal: Flags that have become damaged must be burned after being folded appropriately. Observers customarily pay their respects by saluting or reciting the pledge of allegiance. The remnants of the flag should be buried.

The author, Carl Buhler, is in the Air Force. Outside of his military career, he is a member of several professional organizations for members of the armed forces, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He has earned master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the College of Naval Command and Staff. Carl Buhler has served more than 28 years in the United States Air Force.

New Woodrow Wilson Biography by Author Patricia O’Toole

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Following Patricia O’Toole’s in-depth biography of American president Theodore Roosevelt, her latest book titled, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made, examines the life of the progressive politician and his actions after World War I. The 600-page biography begins with background information about Wilson’s childhood during the Civil War and his early political career leading to his election as president in 1912. From there, the book highlights the general contradictions that would define Wilson’s presidency, including his push for international peace while upholding segregation in the US and launching military occupations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. O’Toole also covers the severity of Wilson’s illness while he was in office and how the victories and failures of his administration helped shape American policy for decades.

The author, Carl Buhler, has almost three decades of experience in the United States Air Force. Carl Buhler is also an avid reader who enjoys general history topics and biographies of distinguished military and political leaders.

Washington Selects Defensive Tackle Da’Ron Payne during 2018 NFL Draft

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The Washington Redskins entered the 2018 NFL Draft with the 13th overall selection and filled a much needed hole with the pick. What is generally known among Redskins fans is this…the team simply needed help on the defensive side of the ball.

During the 2017 season, the Redskins had the 32nd ranked run defense with opposing teams averaging 134.1 rushing yards per game, leaving Redskins fans and players clamoring for help. In fact, according to an article by John Keim, ESPN staff writer, safety DJ Swearinger stated via a recently deleted tweet, “Soo Like I’ve Been Saying We Had The 32rd Ranked Run Defense Last Year! (Embarrassing) Why Would We Get A Db With That 1st Pick –?!?! He cant Put His Hand In The Dirt! It’s Only Logic To Get Help Where You Hurt Right Or Wrong?!?!?”

To help fill this genuine and critical need, the Redskins selected highly regarded defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne from the University of Alabama with their first round pick. At 6-foot-2 and 308-pounds, the defensive lineman progressed quite well through three seasons with Alabama. He played in only 8 games as a freshman and recorded just 13 tackles, but finished the 2017 season with 53 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception in 14 games. With the Redskins piling up on Alabama players the past two drafts, Payne joins several recent Alabama players, including defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who was selected by the Redskins in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, linebacker Ryan Anderson, who was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, and linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton who the Redskins selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft.

With their second round pick in 2018, the Redskins traded down to acquire a third round pick, while also selecting a potential impact running back, Derrius Guice. Guice accumulated more than 2,500 combined rushing yards over the past two seasons with Louisiana State University and was Washington’s highest-drafted running back since the team picked Ladell Betts at 56th overall in 2002. Other players drafted by the Redskins include offensive tackle Geron Christian, safety Troy Apke, and defensive tackle Tim Settle.

The author, Carl Buhler, has served his country for nearly 30 years in the Air Force. Beyond his professional pursuits, Carl Buhler is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. He believes 2018 will be a very bright season for the Redskins.