Everyday Flag Etiquette

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Jim Bolinger
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The flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

  1. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right (the observer’s left).
  2. No other flag or pennant should be flown above the flag of the United States of America.
  3. When flags of States, cities, localities, 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.
  4. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, no such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right (the observer’s left).
  5. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.
  6. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States, localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
  7. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

Churches and Auditoriums

  1. When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should displayed above and behind the speaker.
  2. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should be placed at the clergyman’s or the speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (the right of the audience).

Half-Staff

  1. On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
  2. The United States flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.
  3. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of a principal figure of the United States Government or the death of the Governor of the State. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.
  4. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, the Governor of that State, may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.
  5. The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant, and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

RESPECT FOR THE FLAG

  1. No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America.
  2. The flag should never be used as a drapery, bedding or wearing apparel.
  3. The flag should never be used as a covering.
  4. The flag should never be used to hold or carry anything.

Source: The Flag Code of The United States – Public Law 94-344, July 7, 1976 United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sections 173 through 178