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Flag Etiquette
06-14-2018, 12:02 PM
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Flag Etiquette
Flag etiquette offers these do's and don'ts associated with honoring and displaying the flag:

When displaying the flag, do the following:
Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. If displayed at night the flag should be property illuminated.
The U.S. Flag should be placed above all others if multiple flags are on the same staff.

When flags are displayed in a row, the U.S. flag goes to the observer's left. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. State and local flags are traditionally flown lower.

When used during a marching ceremony or parade with other flags, the U.S. Flag will be to the observer's left.

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. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.

When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union (blue field of stars) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
When placed on a Podium the flag should be placed on the speaker's right or the staging area. Other flags should be placed to the left.
When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall (or other flat surface), the union (blue field of stars) should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.

When stowing or disposing of the flag:
Fold in the traditional triangle for stowage, never wadded up.

The VFW offers the following instructions for properly disposing of a worn flag:
The flag should be folded in its customary manner.
It is important that the fire be fairly large and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the flag.
Place the flag on the fire.
The individual(s) can come to attention, salute the flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.
After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.
Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.

Quick list of Flag Etiquette Don'ts:
Don't dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.
Don't let the flag touch the ground.
Don't fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
Don't carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
Don't use the flag as clothing.
Don't store the flag where it can get dirty.
Don't use it as a cover.
Don't fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.
Don't draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.
Don't use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red
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