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What is proper American flag etiquette?

December 03, 2015 Lee Rae Hamilton

How to Display a Flag

Quick Guide on How to Display Your Flag

Protocol for hanging American flags and the 8 ways people get it wrong -

The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

In general the flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset, but may be displayed 24 hours if properly illuminated during hours of darkness.

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed. Your Fine Line Flag was made to be an all-weather flag.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union (stars) should be on top and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.

The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

 

DON’TS

Do not let the flag touch the ground.

Do not fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.

Do not carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.

Do not use the flag as clothing.

Do not store the flag where it can get dirty.

Do not use it as a cover.

Do not fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.

Do not draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.

 

HALF STAFF

What does it mean?

Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff (also called "half mast") is an expression of honor and respect for the dead.

The way you do it is when you attach the flag to the halyard, raise it all the way up and hesitate for a second before you bring it down to half-staff. If it is already up, simply bring it down to half-staff. You never attach the flag to the halyard and simply raise it to half-staff. It always goes to the top first.

In addition to these regular remembrances, The US flag is flown half-mast for the following:

30 days after the death of a current or former president

10 days after the death of a current vice president, current Speaker of the House or current/retired chief justice.

 



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