With the latest rounds of protest from pro athletes pertaining to the flag of the United States and the National Anthem, let's take a look at all the ways the Flag of the United States of America can be disrespected.

The U.S. Flag Code was first adopted by the National Flag Conference on June 14, 1923, was then amended on June 22, 1942, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1989, the code was again amended to include criminal penalties for certain acts of desecration to the flag.

Of this flag code, there are certain acts and displays that can not be done, as they show disrespect to the American flag. So of these, you may do without knowing.

  • Don't Display Upside Down

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    The flag should never be flown upside down unless to signal "dire distress" in extreme danger of "life" or "property."

  • Can't Touch Anything

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    The flag can't touch anything under it. This includes the ground, floor, water or merchandise.

  • Can't Carry Flat or Horizonally

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    The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

  • Can't Wear, Sleep or Decorate

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    The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. It should never be drawn back, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

  • Don't Tear, Soil or Damage

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    The flag should never be displayed or stored in a way that it could be soiled, torn, damaged.

  • No Ceiling Hanging

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    The flag should never be used as a ceiling covering.

  • Can't Use as a Picture

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    The flag should never be used as an insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture or drawing.

  • Don't Wrap it Up

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    The flag should never be used to hold, carry or deliver anything.

  • No Advertising

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    The flag should never be used for any advertising purposes. It should not be embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs. Nor shall it be printed on paper napkins, boxes or anything that is meant to be temporary or discarded.

  • Only Military, Police + Firefighters

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    No part of the flag should be used as a custom or athletic uniform. The only uniforms a flag patch can be attached to is military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.

  • Must Destroy

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    The flag must be destroyed when its condition is no longer fitting of the emblem. The flag should be destroyed in a dignified way -- preferably burning.