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How to Display the Flag.

We recommend displaying your American Flag every day of the year.

National Flag Store American FlagDays to display American flag at half mast

  • By order of the President of The United States
  • By order of the Governor of your state
  • May 15th – Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • Last Monday in May – Memorial Day
  • September 11th – Patriot Day
  • December 7th – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Special days to display American Flags

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day
  • February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Third Monday In February – Washington’s Birthday
  • Third Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day
  • June 14 – Flag Day
  • July 4 – Independence Day
  • First Monday in September – Labor Day
  • September 17 – Constitution Day
  • October 27 – Navy Day
  • November 11 – Veteran’s Day

How to Display the American Flag

  • When carried in procession with another flag or flags, the Stars and Stripes should be at the right-front of the column, or when there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line. The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and floating free.
  • When a number of flags are grouped and displayed from staffs, the flag of the United States should be in the center or at the highest point of the group. When displayed with another flag from crossed staffs, the flag of the United States should be on the right (the flag’s own right), and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
  • If the flag is displayed from a staff projected from a window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union of the flag should go to the peak of the staff (unless the flag is to be displayed at half-staff).
  • When the flag is displayed in any manner other than being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. If displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right; that is to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be suspended in the same way-that is, with the union to the left of the observer in the street.
  • When displayed over the middle of the street, the Stars and Stripes should be suspended vertical with the union to the north on an east-west street and to the east on a north-south street.
  • When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from house to pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out from the building toward the pole union first.
  • When used on a speaker’s platform the flag may be displayed flat, above and behind the speaker. If flown from a staff it should be on the speaker’s right; all other flags on the platform should be on his left.
  • When it is displayed on the pulpit or chancel in a church, the flag should be flown from a staff placed on the clergyman’s right as he faces the congregation. All other flags on the pulpit or chancel should be on his left.
  • However, when the flag is displayed on the floor of a church or auditorium, on a level with the audience, it is placed to the right of the audience.
  • When flags of states or cities, or pennants of societies, are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When flown from adjacent staffs, the Stars and Stripes should be raised first and lowered last.
  • When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed so that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground. The casket should be carried foot-first from the hearse to the grave.

National Flag Store American FlagTreatment of the American Flag

Every precaution should be taken to prevent the flag from becoming soiled. When a flag is in such a condition, through wear or damage, that is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed privately in a dignified manner.

The flag should never:

  • Be tilted (dipped) even momentarily to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, organization or institutional flags may be tilted as the mark of honor.
  • Be displayed with the union down except as a signal of distress.
  • Be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and floating free.
  • Be displayed on a float, motor car or boat except from a staff.
  • Be allowed to touch the ground or floor, or brush against objects.
  • Have objects placed on, over it, or be used as a covering for a ceiling.
  • Have any mark, insignia, letter, work, figure, picture or drawing of any nature placed upon or attached to it.
  • Be used as a receptacle for carrying anything, or be used to cover a statue or monument. If used in connection with unveiling ceremonies, it should not serve as a covering of the object being unveiled.
  • Be used for advertising purposes or have advertising signs fastened to its staff or halyard.
  • Be embroidered on such articles as handkerchiefs or cushions, or be printed or otherwise impressed on boxes.
  • Be used as a costume or athletic uniform or part of one.
  • Be used as drapery of any sort whatsoever, never festooned, drawn back or up in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white and red-always arranged with the blue above, white in the middle, and red below-should be used for such purposes of decoration as covering a speaker’s desk or draping the front of a platform.
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