Are You Displaying Your Flag Correctly?

With the 4th of July upon us, it got me to thinking about all the American flags out there on display. Did you know there are ‘rule’s for displaying the flag? Prior to Flag Day 1923 there were not rules governing the use or display of the flag. This is one thing I have always found fascinating.

The flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Basically if you leave your flag out overnight, it should be lit with a spot light.

The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea.

When displayed with another flag, the US flag should be always on the right with its staff in front of or a little before the other staff.

When displayed with more than one other flag, the US flag should always be center and higher than the other flags on display.

When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

When flown at half staff, the flag should be raised completely and then lowered to half staff. When taking the flag down from half staff, it should be raised completely again and then lowered all the way down.

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

When the flag is no longer fit for display it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.

While the US Flag Code only applies to official flag displays and not civilian use, it is still interesting to see all the rules that go along with displaying the flag.

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