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Many of our readers ask about U.S. flag rules and regulationsOn June 22, 1942, Congress passed a joint resolution, later amended on December 22, 1942, that encompassed what has come to be known as the U.S. Flag Code. Here are highlights:

  • The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a separate nation, which the United States of America has been for more than 200 years. Therefore, citizens should stand at attention and salute when their flag is passing in a parade or being hoisted or lowered.
     
  • The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night upon special occasions to produce a patriotic effect.
     
  • When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window or door the Union (blue) should be to the observer's left. When the flag is hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the Union (blue field) should be to the observer's left.
     
  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
     
  • It should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.
     
  • The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on

        New Year's Day, January 1
        Inauguration Day, January 20
        Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, third Monday in January
        Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
        Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
        Easter Sunday (variable)
        Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
        Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
        Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
        Flag Day, June 14
        Father's Day, third Sunday in June
        Independence Day, July 4
        Labor Day, first Monday in September
        Constitution Day, September 17
        Columbus Day, second Monday in October
        Navy Day, October 27
        Veterans Day, November 11
        Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
        Christmas Day, December 25
        and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
        the birthdays of States (date of admission)
        and on State holidays.

  • It should be displayed at every public institution and in or near every polling place on election days, and at schoolhouses during school days.
     
  • In a procession the flag is to the right of another flag or, if in a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
     
  • The flag should not be displayed on a float except from a staff, nor draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.
     
  • When the flag is displayed on a vehicle, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis.
     
  • No other flag should be placed above the flag of the United States or, if on the same level, to its right.
     
  • The United Nations flag may not be displayed above or in a position of superior prominence to the United States flag except at United Nations Headquarters.
     
  • The flag displayed with another against a wall, from crossed staffs, should be on the right (the flag's own right), and its staff should be in front of the other staff.
     
  • It should be at the center and the highest point when displayed with a group of state flags.
     
  • When flags of states, cities, etc., are flown on the same halyard, the United States flag should be at the peak.
     
  • When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.
     
  • When displayed from a staff projecting from a building, the union [upper inner corner] should be at the peak of the staff.
     
  • When it is displayed otherwise than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out; or so suspended that its folds fall as freely as though the flag were staffed.
     
  • When displayed over a 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.
     
  • On a platform, it should be above and behind the speaker, with the union uppermost and to the observer's left.
     
  • When displayed from a staff in a church or auditorium, the flag should occupy the position of honor and be placed at the speaker's right as he faces the audience.
     
  • When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff position. It should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag must be flown at half-staff on all buildings on the death of any officer listed below, for the period indicated:
    • For the President or a former President: 30 days from the date of death.
    • For the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives: 10 days from the day of death.
    • For an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a member of the Cabinet, a former Vice President, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives: From the day of death until interment.
    • For a United States Senator, Representative, Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: the flag should be flown in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia, on the day of death and on the following day; in the state, congressional district, territory, or commonwealth of such Senator, Representative, Delegate, or Commissioner, from the day of death until interment.
    • For a Governor: Within the state, territory, or possession, from the day of death until interment.
  • When the flag is used to cover a casket, the union should be at the head and over the left shoulder.
     
  • The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing.
     
  • It should never be displayed with the union down, save as a signal of dire distress.
     
  • It should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
     
  • It should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
     
  • It should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored so that it might be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
     
  • It should never be used as covering for a ceiling.
     
  • It should never have anything placed on it.
     
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose, nor embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs, printed on paper napkins or boxes, nor used as any portion of a costume.
     
  • When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

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In our church, we are proud

By TJ Van on August 18

In our church, we are proud Americans which also honor Israel. They have 4 flags, 2 US flags and 2 Israel flags. They usually display them on the stage in this order: on the speakers left-first Israel, then US to its left; on the speakers right-first Israel, then US to its right. Is this okay or how should it be changed when our associate likes all 4 on the stage. Also the Israel flags are slightly smaller than the US flags if that helps with the answer. We want to be respectful.

So today my Sergeant major

By Shane Vogele on August 13

So today my Sergeant major told me I wasn't allowed to fly my american flag because when not moving or parked it touches my tailgate. How true is this? Am I not allowed to? Is there a rule against it? I know it says not to drape. But what about when a flag hangs on a pole on a not so windy day?

He is right when your flag is

By Deanstachura on August 22

He is right when your flag is draped from a pole it is supposed to be free flowing not touching ground water merchandise. If it touches your tail gate you need to a raise the pole until the flag doesn't touch or be remove it. I would prefer u do a. Raise that flag up. Always fly that flag in honor and with respect.

Taken from above: "It should

By Karen S. on August 13

Taken from above: "It should never touch anything beneath it..."

I have a casket mounted on

By Paul Hartley on August 7

I have a casket mounted on trailer that I pull with my bike. I want to have the flag proffessionally painted on it with a plaque that reads; a reminder to you, of all who paid the ultimate price....for your freedom. Would that be tacky, disrespectful, or just plain wrong thing to do? I want to honor the fallen, but don't want to piss anyone off.

As a former service member i

By David Stamp on August 22

As a former service member i personally think that is a perfect tribute to our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country

Does the Flag Code MATTER

By Alex K

Does the Flag Code MATTER these days? Of course it matters, but does it matter as much as it used to in civilian life?

This is an honest question. It’s not about the values the flag symbolizes or the historical events some of its elements refer to. It’s not about whether it’s good to show respect for the American Flag. Of course it is. This is not my question. I personally try to always follow the Flag Code. It’s not the question.

The discussion on these pages is mostly about following the Flag Code. However, the Flag Code is a voluntary guide. As important as it may be, in civilian life most people haven’t heard of it. Some want to show respect to the flag but do it in ways inconsistent with the strict interpretation of the Flag Code. It’s only a voluntary guideline and people have the right to do what they want, including burning the American flag. And some Americans have been shown on TV doing exactly that this year.

Those who care about the flag and what it stands for are usually happy to see the flag displayed even in ways contrary to the Flag Code, as long as the intent is good. There are exceptions where, regardless of the intent, the display ends up being clearly disrespectful of the flag. There are also good people who believe that no deviation from the strict interpretation of the Flag Code is permissible. This opinion has been expressed on these pages by a number of people. However, outside of the military and some parts of the government, the Flag Code is at most a guideline.

I’m conflicted here.

What about a person who has the flag flying 24 hours a day, all year round, with no illumination at night? This can be seen as a violation of the Flag Code if the strict literal interpretation is used. Let’s say there is also some other technical violation. Let’s say the person is not complying with the strict interpretation of the Flag Code. Should anyone go and tell that person it’s disrespectful to the flag and what the flag stands for? Should anyone go and say to this person, “What you’re doing is wrong! You’re showing disrespect to the flag! You probably don’t intend it, so please change what you’re doing, and please do it right now. This is important!” It’s obvious that no disrespect is intended by this person. What is it turns out this person is an old lady who has a US flag always flying in honor of her son who died defending our country?

What about American athletes who often wrap themselves in flags after victory? They surely don’t mean disrespect. It’s practically become a customary way for many athletes to show their patriotism and pride in being Americans. This too is a clear technical violation of the Flag Code that has been pointed out and condemned on these pages.

What about wearing a t-shirt with American flag printed on it? The strict interpretation still says it’s a US flag.

To what degree are violations of the US Flag Code are relevant in the civilian life? It’s an honest question and not criticism of those who insist on always sticking to the strict interpretation. I understand that point of view too, and I understand it very well. Most of the people who hold it have been in the military.

We seem to be seeing fewer and fewer people who would display American flag at all. Of those who do display the flag with the intent to be respectful and to express their patriotism and their feelings for what the flag stands for, many do it in ways that, based on the Flag Code, may appear lacking respect. Is this perfectly OK because the Flag Code is a voluntary guideline and people have the freedom even to burn the flag as an act of protest?

Again, it’s an honest question.

I have a question, may seem

By MarkThomas

I have a question, may seem odd, but a question nonetheless. When a flag passes you in a parade, you remove your hat until it passes, that I know. Now, I walk 5 miles, three times a week for exercise and when I pass a house with a flag out front, would it be respectful if I removed my hat as I pass that flag, or walk by with my hat on?

According to guidelines u

By Deanstachura on August 22

According to guidelines u remove your hat or salute when raising or lowering and as it passes u by in a parade. Respectful to remove hat while walking by yes but not necessary.

I have seen the flag flying

By Laimute Loskarn

I have seen the flag flying at half staff & it looks as if it is too low. What is the correct placement of the flag? Is the top of the flag supposed to be at the halfway point of the staff? Or is the halfway point of the flag supposed to be at the halfway point of the staff? Or is it another way that I haven't mentioned. Thank you in advance.

Is it possible the staff is

By Alex K

Is it possible the staff is too short for the size of the flag, and this makes it appear the flag is too low and too close to the ground? Usually you can't tell the difference between the two flag positions you mention, unless you're the one who raises and lowers the flag. If the staff short, the difference is noticeable to passersby.

top of the flag should be at

By MarkThomas

top of the flag should be at the halfway point on the staff

Should the colors be

By Glenn P

Should the colors be presented and then posted for the duration of a benefit concert in a bar? A small gathering in what is considered a dive bar, specifically. Seems to me the wrong environment for display of the colors.

We would like to hang a flag

By Brian Pratt

We would like to hang a flag in our children's bedroom. Can they hang it with nails? We have searched flag etiquette and found nothing against using nails. However I found that even using brass tacks would be defacing or causing damage to the flag.

Best is: ALL flags have

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Best is: ALL flags have mouting strips, usually with at least one grommet at the top middle and bottom, some have4 or 5 (3' x 5' flag, for instance). If there are no grommets, mount them at the head end (from field corner to bottom stripe. Then use a dowel rod fitting alternately between the holes of the grommets, longer than the width of the flag so you have about 6 inches protruding out both ends of the width of the flag along it's mounting strip. Then hang the flag usint eh dowl ends on hooks. Hang the flag this way so that tjhe field is to your left, as it looks hanging on the wall, and stripes down.

You could hang the flag hirzontally, same way, some flags comes with a pocket along the top (when the field is at the top, of course, as it should be). Move a dowel through that pocket, again a dowel that will protrude out both sides of the length-wise glafg, and mount to the wall same as above.

Sewing grommets or pockets to a flag for hanging doesNOT desacrate the flag, but use white material and extend it from the edges of the flag - dont folde the flag to create the pockets - use new, extra material for this purpose.

You can also use binder clips (office supplies) along the hanging edge, with care to protect the flag from the metal pinching into the flag material, that might casue ripping.

i have a long porch with 2

By lorraine schwartz

i have a long porch with 2 separate flag poles attached to the railing. Does it matter which side the American Flag is on. the flag of Poland is the same size. I do not want to be disrespectful

YEs, as per the code! US Flag

By Stan Dupp on August 15

YEs, as per the code! US Flag to the RIGHT of the other, second flag (only when two flags present, when more than two, the US Flag needs to be in the center andf higher of an even amount of others, and ahead of the middle flag of an odd number and higher of others)

Why are flags printed on our

By Sandra whaler

Why are flags printed on our postal stamps when regulation presents that the flag should not be printed on paper at all thank you

We have a family run farm and

By Robin Vollmar

We have a family run farm and processing company. We recently installed a flag pole and we are proudly displaying the U.S. flag that is illuminated at night. My question is whether or night flying a flag with our Company logo underneath the U.S. flag is appropriate or if it would be disrespctful

Not at all, the Scouts (Girls

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Not at all, the Scouts (Girls AND Boys) doit for their logo flags. American Hotels does it at their Linconshire HQ. Marriott Resort Hotels do it.

But, do NOT light the logo flag, light ONLY the US Flag. OR atleast, the US flag should be obviously brighter than the other flag.

I am a Disabled Veteran and

By Peter Van Dermark

I am a Disabled Veteran and if I remember correctly there is one time that another Flag may fly above the American Flag. That is the Chaplin's/Church Flag.

That's exactly right. This

By Alex K

That's exactly right. This specific exception is in the Flag Code where it says this is allowed "during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy."

This is temporary while religious services are being held and is limited to the Navy. It's not in other branches of military service. The two authorized pennants right now are Christian and Jewish. However, raising any pennant during religious services is becoming less common. Placing it above the American flag is now rare. In part it's probably the desire to avoid the problem of creating and flying pennants for other religious denominations and the less traditional christian denominations. The Navy now has chaplains representing several christian denominations as well as more recently Buddhist and Muslim chaplains.

The one religious ceremony that still customarily has a church (Christian or Jewish) pennant flying is burial at sea. Even then it's not necessary flown above the American Flag.

The Flag Code seems to refer

By Alex K

The Flag Code seems to refer to taking down the flag for the night, unless it's illuminated, only when the flag is flown on a staff.

The Code not entirely clear, but the standard interpretation appears to be that when an all-weather flag is placed outside vertically on a wall, window, fence, balcony or door, it can be left for 24 hours even if there is no light at night. Is this correct?

The flag is fixed in a vertical position (attached at four points) and not flown on a flagstaff. I'm pretty sure it's all right not to have it illuminated at night, but there is also additional concern that some people would think it's wrong. They might see this as disrespect to the flag when the exact opposite is intended.

It goes without saying that the flag is positioned vertically on a wall, window or door the Union (blue) so that it is to the observer's left. The question is only about the lack of illumination at night.

Happy Forth!

"The Flag Code seems to refer

By Stan Dupp on August 15

"The Flag Code seems to refer to taking down the flag for the night, unless it's illuminated, only when the flag is flown on a staff."

The "only when the flag is flown at half staff" part of what you assert, which is correct, does not make sense and doesnt belog in the same sentence, for clarification.

"The Code not entirely clear, but the standard interpretation appears to be that when an all-weather flag is placed outside vertically on a wall, window, fence, balcony or door, it can be left for 24 hours even if there is no light at night. Is this correct?"

The code is clear that the use of AMBIENT, existing outdoor lighting that usually is found in those non-staff places, allows for the flag being out when it is dark out. MAinly the flag should be visible from anywhere it can be seen during the day, also at night via SOME kind of lighting.

"The flag is fixed in a vertical position (attached at four points) and not flown on a flagstaff. I'm pretty sure it's all right not to have it illuminated at night, but there is also additional concern that some people would think it's wrong. They might see this as disrespect to the flag when the exact opposite is intended."

No, even in that instance, it should as visible at night, in that hung position, as it is at daytime.

"......."

"Happy Forth!" FOURTH. May the fourth be with you.

It's not fair to people who

By Connie madrie

It's not fair to people who want the flag to stay up.we are proud of our flag and it should stay up.it has nothing to do with blacks and whites.

Thanks. I feel the same way.

By Alex K

Thanks. I feel the same way.

As far as your other comment ("It has nothing to do with..."), I don't understand why you've written it but I fully agree that it has nothing to do with such matters. Maybe my accidentally spelling the word "union" with capital U, as "Union," has contributed to misunderstanding. Lower case is preferred (union), and my accidentally capitalizing the first letter may have resulted in confusion. It doesn't matter though. Thank you for your answer.

I'm not entirely sure everybody thinks this way though. Some people who have spent many years in the service believe it's important to follow the Flag Code to the letter and anything else is disrespectful. Even then there are seem to be various interpretations. You can see some of this in the discussion below. These are the people neither you nor I want to offend even by accident and regardless of whose interpretation is right. It's why I asked the question.

Thanks again. It's much appreciated.

Hi, I was wondering if it

By roboat

Hi, I was wondering if it were acceptable to put an American flag on my bedroom wall?

Hi, Roboat: Most certainly!

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Roboat: Most certainly! Regardless of whether you hang it vertically or horizontally, just make sure that the blue field is in the upper left corner. Good for you! And thanks for asking!

Is it wrong to wash the flag

By Debbie J. Greut...

Is it wrong to wash the flag in a washing machine or by hand?

Either is fine and allowed -

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Either is fine and allowed - nothing in the code against it.

Hi there, I saw that if i

By Luke K

Hi there, I saw that if i have a USA car flag, that it should be on the right window of the vecihle and not the left. Is it just the proper way orcan i put it on the left window of my car?

From a view (frontal of house

By 10th Mountain Veteran

From a view (frontal of house or car) the Flag should be placed on the left. This would be considered while viewing from the street forward toward object .

And, the added benfit that

By Stan Dupp on August 15

And, the added benfit that that correct placement is the least obstructing for safe driving. And dont allow rthe flag to be visible to YOU through the window, as THAT would be amn obstruction to safe driving. The bottom of the flag haning losse should be just out of sight to you, as driver.

AS AN OLDER EAGLE SCOUT, I'M

By DOUGLAS K HYER

AS AN OLDER EAGLE SCOUT, I'M OFTEN ASKED THE PROPER WAY TO PLAY BUGLE SONGS FOR THE RAISING AND LOWERING OF THE US FLAG AT MY YACHT CLUB. ALSO WHEN TO PLAY TAPS AND TO THE COLORS OR THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER. MOST WEBSITES DON'T GIVE THIS CORRECT PROTOCOL. CAN YOU HELP?
DOUG HYER
DOUGLASHYER@GMAIL.COM
(516)350-2990

I want to make a memorial

By design girl 13

I want to make a memorial wall for family that have served and passed. I have 4 flags in display cases and 4 framed military portraits. My question is this, I want to know if the cases can be displayed in a square. that means that 2 would be on their sides and 1 would be upside down. the portraits would be next to it, 2 on each side of flag case square.

I would say no. The full code

By PatrickM

I would say no. The full code from the senate mentions that the right (or 60 degree) angle of a display case flag should be pointing upwards. You can, however, put one above the other so that there is a space inbetween them and they are both pointing upwards.

I work at a senior center I

By Rokita Harris

I work at a senior center I have been working on a wall oh honor for our vets. The wall has their pics and 2 flags in cases one from a gentleman that served in WWI and one that presented to another gentleman that flew over the White House. In front of the wall we have 3 flag poles. Looking at the flags from the front far left is the POW/MIA flag, center in the US flag on a slightly taller pole and far right is the state flag. It is very important to me that I display them correctly. I have been told the POW and state flag are in wrong place I have also been told that they are right. I have researched it and my interruption of what I have found is the POW flag is to the left when looking at them straight on. It is also important that I have it right do to the fact that I am a MoM to a Marine and I should know these things lol. Thank you in advance.

You should keep them how they

By PatrickM

You should keep them how they are with the PoW flag to the viewers left. The flag's right is a position of honour compared to the left and also if you were to remove the Pow/MIA flag, so that there would be only the US and the State flag they would remain in proper position. :-)

Incorrect per code: When more

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Incorrect per code:
When more than two flags (the US being one of them) the US flag should be higher than the others (you have that), slightly AHEAD of (you dont mention that part of the code), and IN THE CENTER. The CENTER is the highest honor placement in a grouping of flags. Per the code.

I work at a large school and

By Steve McMinn

I work at a large school and we have three flag poles, all the same height. They back up to a wall and are very prominent. We put the American flag in the middle because just above that wall is the football stadium and those flags serve as the ones to turn to for the National Anthem for games, graduations, track meets, etc. So if I use the rule "nothing to the right of the American flag", one direction will always be wrong. Is there a correct way to do this? Certainly the direction facing out towards the yard in the school gets more visibility.

You should have them in

By PatrickM

You should have them in proper formation to be seen from within the stadium if the stadium does not have staffs of its own. I would recommend that the school also have a large staff of it's own because it is mentioned within the code that all schools should have one directly infront of or to the right of the entrance (facing the entrance). :-)

In addition, The US flag , of

By Stan Dupp on August 15

In addition, The US flag , of these three in this specifcially mentioned grouping, must be in the middle. THe US flag staff (the middle one) is supposed tobe higher and slightly ahead of (at it's base, about a foot is enough). The flag should be at least it's bottom just above the top of the next lowest flag or flag grouping's tops.

If adding a height exention to the center (US flag) pole is not a viable option, later purchasing a larger US flag (larger than any other) is the next best option. I suspect that your US flag IS larger than the other two?

We have a flag mounted on a

By Amymers

We have a flag mounted on a pole hanging from our front porch. Is it okay to leave it out there at night and is it okay to leave it out all summer? Thanks so much!

We have our flag displayed

By Kellums

We have our flag displayed 24/7 and use an inexpensive solar charged spotlight placed in the flower bed below to illuminate it. You can find them at any hardware or big box store for very little $.

It is my understanding a

By Ouida Evans

It is my understanding a flag, flown at night, must illuminated. I believe from below. It wouldn't be hard to research the answer.

Should be illumintaed, does

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Should be illumintaed, does not have to be. If not, then should be lowered, then removed for the night. All-weather or not (and especially if not!)

The flag is meant to fly

By Almanac Staff

The flag is meant to fly during daylight from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs. This is why you see the flag take down by schools at the end of each day. If the flag is flown at night, it should be illuminated with a light or light source.

Hi, does anyone know if it's

By KimmyFaye

Hi, does anyone know if it's ok to make an old 48 star flag into a poncho or blanket? The pattern would keep it in one piece, I don't want to burn it! Thank you :)

To understand the Fag Code,

By KimA

To understand the Fag Code, it is best to understand the US Flag as "living." I don't mean to be silly, but would one put one's grandmother out on the lawn, at the curb, during a rain storm? No. Neither should you decorate your lawn with flags, even though it might look patriotic, it devalues the flag making it an object for our enhancement rather than a "living being" for adoration. In the same way you shouldn't reuse you flag making it into something else that would cover you or the ground in a picnic. I understand the sentimental value of this, but it is inappropriate. A fitting burial for an old flag (through burning) is appropriate, even more appropriate than folding it into a drawer for storage.

I suspect you have a typo in

By Alex K

I suspect you have a typo in your post. One never knows for sure nowadays. There're all kinds of "jokes" made online, where real identities are not known. The meaning is certainly changed completely here. But I assume yours is simply a typo that may be corrected soon and in the future won't be seen by whoever reads this reply to your original post. All the best

The flag is never worn as an

By Ouida Evans

The flag is never worn as an article of clothing. The proper way to dispose of a flag is burning. Contact your local VFW or Boy Scouts of America.

I remember being told as a

By luci lu

I remember being told as a child that the respectful way to dispose of a U.S. flag was by burning it,then flag burning became very controversial and was general thought of as disrespectful. Is it still proper to burn a flag to dispose of it?

Yes, burning the flag is most

By PatrickM

Yes, burning the flag is most proper. However, you dont just light a match and drop it in a barrel. You first remove the blue jack (scissors is fine, but make sure they are clean) and also cut the stripes into seperate strips and make a neat pile. Then it can be burned.

I thought I read that you

By Sue P

I thought I read that you cannot carry the flag horizontally, yet on many occasions I see at sports venues a huge flag being carried across the field. Is it or is it not ok to do and if not, why aren't these people being told they cannot do this?

In the end, the flag code is

By PatrickM

In the end, the flag code is here just so that we respect the flag. If done ceremonialy, the flag can be carried by many people "in a manor that would insinuate awe and patriotism amung the viewers." If the flag is to large for a staff.

having a little trouble. Want

By ljgomez

having a little trouble. Want to hang two flags (in the front window) for my husband but not sure which one is supposed to be on the right. Is it the American flag on the observers left and the "don't tread on me" on the right?

The "place of honor" is

By KimA

The "place of honor" is always to the right side. If on the same level as the observers (crowd, audience, etc.) then it is to their right. If, however, it is on a stage, in other words raised higher than the crowd, it is to be at the speaker's immediate right. That is how I understand the code.

This is usually not a problem, but the Flag Code for the Christian flag is identical, so in a church, which flag receives the higher (right side) honor?

The answer by “James mayo 13”

By USMC (Retired)

The answer by “James mayo 13” is incorrect. In the situation described, if the purpose of the American Flag display is to be viewed from the outside of the window, then the American Flag is to be to the viewer’s left. Same as if the American Flag is displayed from a staff on a stage. By the way, "James mayo 13" also said the wedding band is worn on the right hand. In the U.S., this would also be incorrect. The tradition is for the wedding band to be worn on the left hand, closest to the heart, although this is purely a personal preference.

The wedding band is usally

By Stan Dupp on August 15

The wedding band is usally worn on a finger of the left hand, not the whole hand - unless you have an unusually large ring - which is really a bracelet.

No never! The American flag

By James mayo 13

No never! The American flag is to the observer's right so, outside see it on the right, remember the right is "right" just like you wear your wedding band on the right, the higher ranking officer or enlisted walks to the right.

I wear my wedding band on my

By KimA

I wear my wedding band on my left hand...have I been wrong for 43 years now?

Mayo is wrong!! The flag is

By Alkin

Mayo is wrong!! The flag is to the observers left

I think it's what he meant to

By Alex K

I think it's what he meant to write but it came out wrong. It also explains what seems to be a mistake with the left/right hand. Everybody is probably on the same page here. Just a misunderstanding.

The American flag should

By Will tell

The American flag should always be on the left as observed by the audience.

But, only when by itself or

By Stan Dupp on August 15

But, only when by itself or with ONE other flag in view.

As a Cubmaster and

By bsa cubmaster

As a Cubmaster and Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America I take great pride teaching our future leaders the correct way of preparing a tattered flag so it can be retired by fire. And during the process each scouts takes his time for each color, each star and each grommet that goes into the fire.....

I didn't see any reference to

By Don Dinsmore

I didn't see any reference to the Olympic Game in the collection of comments. I hate to watch the winners wrap up in our flag like it was a blanket. Then they stand as the National Anthem is played as though they were winners. That's when the judges should intervene. Am I wrong? (US Navy retired, proud)

If it's a non-US territory, I

By Def Mann

If it's a non-US territory, I can't see how the US flag etiquette applies, only general flag etiquette - and in all fairness, most (all?) other flags' etiquette is not as hardcore or 'OCD' as the US flag and it should be treated with the same amount of respect as other flags... but not any more.

according to Wikipedia (not

By Tyson Martin

according to Wikipedia (not the greatest source but the easiest to find) The flag should not be used as "wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery", or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes.

So the flag with the gold

By Pete from Canton MI

So the flag with the gold fringe on it hanging in a court room is not a true United States flag. So that would make that court room not a United States court. Hmmmm.....probably why the scumbag judge says, this is my court room.

"Gold fringe is used on the

By PatrickM

"Gold fringe is used on the National flag as an honorable enrichment only. It is not regarded as an integral part of the flag and its use does not constitute an unauthorized addition to the design prescribed by statutes.

Records of the Department of the Army indicate that fringe was used on the National flag as early as 1835 and its official use by the Army dates from 1895. There is no record of an Act of Congress or Executive Order which either prescribes or prohibits the addition of fringe, nor is there any indication that any symbolism was ever associated with it. The use of fringe is optional with the person or organization displaying the flag."
1925 Attorney General quote

Thank you SO much for this.

By Patricia Lloyd

Thank you SO much for this. When I was in grade school, the 8th graders were responsible on a rotating basis for raising and lowering the flag every day. When I lived outside the U.S. for a few years, the sight of the flag always lifted my heart. And my Dad was a WW2 Marine veteran, who taught his kids proper care and use of the flag. Your article brings all that order and comfort back to me :-)

I deploy soon, my family

By Lilith

I deploy soon, my family recently acquired a flag to fly in front of the house - perfect, now my son wants embroidered "until they all come home" on it, In honor of me until I come home. Would it be entirely wrong to have this done? Even if it's with a professional embroiderer.
Solid black letters with the above saying.

Thank you for your service,

By Ouida Evans

Thank you for your service, and I know your son means well, but the flag can never be defaced with embroidry.

Lilith, Thank you for your

By BIBI SALAS

Lilith, Thank you for your many sacrifices. Sending endless love, hugs, and prayers all the way from Texas, From my family to yours.

I love the quote y'all have selected. May I use it as well? It's Perfect.

One should NEVER embroider

By Jonisalie

One should NEVER embroider anything on the American flag, maybe instead hav a small embroidered flag to have with the American flag

You could have a seperae

By George Gundersonv

You could have a seperae banner made up and hang it from the bottom clasp oof the flag.

Thank you for your service.

By Jane Walker

Thank you for your service. Per flag code, nothing can be emboidered or added to the stars and stripes.

Hi, Lilith: It's a great

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Lilith: It's a great thought, but totally not allowed. Thanks for asking -- and serving!

Is it ok to run with a small

By Andy789

Is it ok to run with a small flag? I'm a runner and like to carry my flag with me. People respond well to this and I do it to instill patriotism in myself and others. But is it technically ok?

Hi, Andy: It is generally

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Andy: It is generally fine to run with the flag -- actually, it's a super thing that you do! That being said, you should be carrying it on a small staff (we assume you are just talking about a little wooden dowel type of thing). Of course, wearing it is not allowed, and sort of carrying it with a corner crumpled up in your hand is frowned upon. Similarly, it should not be carried when running, even if on a staff, if in some way it is going to become dirty or sweaty or otherwise bedraggled. And we do hope that when you cross the finish line you hold it as high as you can!

Is there an "official" siting

By DennisRunner

Is there an "official" siting for this? I have man acquaintances who run with large American flags in mud runs and the flags typically become soiled during the races. I feel this is not honoring the flag, they feel otherwise.

No, they should not. THere

By Stan Dupp on August 15

No, they should not. THere are running caps (like painters caps, very light wieght and thin, cotton) that have a mechaniosm on the clasp in backl that allows for a small flag to be placed. This way it is highwer than you , out of the way of sweat, etc.

To my understanding the flag

By Michael Travis Garcia

To my understanding the flag can be mended as needed....what if the flag has been badly torn do to extreme weather?

Hi, Michael: You are correct

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Michael: You are correct -- mending that is done carefully and neatly is certainly allowed, and flying a mended flag is certainly better than flying no flag at all. You are wise to recognize that it is a matter of degree, though. It is very hard even for a professional to mend a badly tattered flag, because often there is missing material, even if only threads, in areas where it is really frayed, and patching is seriously discouraged. The bottom line is how the flag looks when it is flown. If mends are going to make it look really shriveled or wrinkled, then it might be time to properly retire it in favor of a new volunteer. Great question -- thanks for asking!

So I am thinking wearing a

By Denise Terry

So I am thinking wearing a Stars & Stripes scarf is NOT the right thing to do, correct?

Ive also read the flag code

By Scott Larry

Ive also read the flag code and interpret the rule to be a flag should not be worn. so a scarf should not be made out of an actual flag. A commercially available item of patriotic theme is not against the Flag rules.

Hi, Denise: Correct, that is

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Denise: Correct, that is a no-no. Thanks for caring and asking!

Thank you for the flag rules.

By PatriciaR

Thank you for the flag rules.

I am so tired of seeing young couples, the guy an obvious serviceman, wrapped up with their girlfriend in the American flag and posted on Pinterest. Or baby bumps, draped in the flag. Do they not teach them in the service that this is disrespectful? And then, other people get on and pin it, squealing how they "are SO getting their pic taken like this!" Labeled patriotic photo shoots!

Hi, Patricia: You're welcome,

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Patricia: You're welcome, and thank YOU for caring enough to visit them!

If there are two flags on a

By Bellman

If there are two flags on a flag pole and the top flag is an American flag, may the lower flag be larger in size than the American flag?

If it is temporary and that

By Stan Dupp on August 15

If it is temporary and that is all you can get for now, there is nothing wrong with it. But, making the US flag prominent here is the key point.
One way to do that viasually is to hoist the US flag as high as possible on the staff, then hoist the larger flag so that it is at least one US flag's (yours, specifically) height AWAY from (lower than) the US flag above. Make a large, open space between them on the staff.
Althught you might think that would make the larger flag look even larger, because lowering it would make it closer, that affect doesnt happen. What haoppens is, the LOWER flag becomes "invisible" to the tallest flag. It's a "line of sight" thing of vertical acuity (which is not, but should be, on the DMV Visual Acuity test!)

Hi, Bellman: It should not be

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Bellman: It should not be larger. Thanks for flying your flag!

Hi I am flying my flag it is

By Fred Librera

Hi I am flying my flag it is mounted on the front of my house on the brick I want to fly my 911 flag it is smaller but facing the house the 911 flag would be to the right both are on poles do I switch places and mount 911 to the left or can I fly stars&stripes to the right facing the bldg. Tks Freddy USMC

Hi, Freddie: Facing a

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Freddie: Facing a building, a U.S. flag on a staff should be to the far left. Thanks for asking, and Semper Fi!

I own a club and on certain

By pennsylvaniakid

I own a club and on certain nights we have an older crowd and they like us to play the national anthem to start the night off and the DJ does this with out a second thought. We had a patron get deployed to Iraq he took our flag with him in 2006 and returned safly in 2008 with our flag and a very nice certificate we proudly bought a nice case and framed the certificate and had lights put in to highlight it in the bar and to protect it. Tonight a man said it was disrespectful to look at that flag while the national anthem played... Any thought on this ??

So sad that with anything,

By Kathy M

So sad that with anything, especially such a beautiful and patriotic stormy as yours, that there will ALWAYS be a grumbled and a naysayers. I would say as long as the story is true (hate to go here, but is it notarized, or verified in some way other than talk certificate printed my the enlisted man?), and that it is displayed inside, as a tribute; as opposed to outside as a potential marketing ploy ( again, hated to go there, but haters will), you should be fine. As to looking with care for our country and those who defend it and with patriotism at a flag properly displayed is EXPECTED! Especially when the national anthem is played and or sung. How about a little very kindly worded education for ill-informed Mr Grumpy?!? ;-)

Hi, PAkid: Verrry interesting

By Almanac Staff

Hi, PAkid: Verrry interesting question, more complicated than may appear on the surface. Your patron is wrong -- but he may be right. In fact, it is disrespectful NOT to look at the flag during the national anthem. However, we suspect that this has more to do with the bar than with the flag. Is it OK to look at an encased flag during the anthem, as the main object of respect (vs. an uncased one)? Yes. Is it OK to look at a flag nicely lit and displayed in/at a bar? Yes. However, perhaps a better place for your obviously tasteful display would be on a wall outside the bar, such that Uncle Sam's banner is not juxtaposed to Uncle Jack Daniels' bottle. In any event, it sounds like your club is full of very patriotic folks -- congratulations and thanks to all! Please pass that along for us!

I have seen in some

By Kathy M

I have seen in some establishments, and yes even respectfully in bars, where they have a corner of honor, or a wall of honor, done in beautiful and patriotic ways. (Not squeezed in between Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, and not in between the Coors Light sign and a sign that states: We like our women here like women on European beaches... toplessROFL--not!) I had put in my reply NOT outside due to the potential of appearance of marketing. Outside it can appear to be saying, "look how patriotic we are, look what we did, come in because of this!" Sometimes even the appearance of impropriety need be avoided. However, a modest, but appropriate, honor on the inside- imho - simply states, "look at who we are and what we believe!" Just my way of looking at it! :-)

I have a three flag mount on

By Gerry Cournoyer

I have a three flag mount on the rear of my motorcycle. I fly the American flag in the center and higher than the other two flags. The other flags that I fly are the POW-MIA flag and the different branches of the armed services. What is the proper positioning of these flags? I also fly a flag for the Combat Veterans Association.

Hi, Gerry, and Fernando

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Gerry, and Fernando below: "Higher than" when in the middle is perfect. When a number of flags are flown at the same height on the back of a bike, then the U.S. flag should sit on the "passenger" side. The flag always rides to its own right on a forward-moving vehicle. Thanks for asking and caring!

Hi Gery, if you get the

By Fernando

Hi Gery, if you get the answehere please email me , looks like we have the same flag mount on our bikes, the only thing I have found is The American flag in the center, the army does have regulation that its flag should be to the right from the viewers side and mia to the left . but dont qoute me on this

I was told that when the flag

By jackline S

I was told that when the flag is at half staff because of a death. that it should fly separately from the state and school flags? my school had it at half staff but have Ohio state flag under it and then the school flag.

Hi, Jackline: Regardless of

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jackline: Regardless of why a U.S. flag is at half-staff (death or otherwise), it does not need to fly separately from other flags. That being said, a lot depends on looks when other flags are below it. If the flagpole is short and the lower flags would seem unnaturally close to the ground (although if they are proportional to the pole, this shouldn't happen), then sometimes it is best to just remove one or more of the lower flags and temporarily fly the U.S. flag at half-staff alone. It is not disrespectful to the other flags to temporarily remove them, as the U.S. flag (and, conceptually, "what the U.S. flag wants to do") supersedes them anyway. Thanks for asking!

I am part of a law

By Jose L. Balderrama

I am part of a law enforcement honor guard. Recently at a change of command ceremony we were asked to post the colors for the event. I argued with the organizers of the event that honorees chairs should not be placed in a position whereas the colors in procession march behind the honorees' group. I felt that it is disrespectful to place those chairs in a more prominent position than the US colors. This caused the group to essentially have their backs to the honor guard carrying the US flag at the beginning of the ceremony. Please advise as to the proper etiquette for this type of situation.

Hi, Jose: This is an

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jose: This is an excellent -- and complicated -- question to answer. Thank you for caring so much to ask. Without knowing your exact setup this is difficult to respond to, but in general terms, you are correct: The colors should not be presented to the backs of people. However, there are many instances when this happens because of practical considerations, such as when colors are brought in from the back of a hall up the aisle or when because of physical constraints of the stage they are brought in behind a row of people on the stage rather than in front of them. The most important things are that the colors be treated with respect and placed properly for the ceremony itself. Thanks again!

We purchased a home and we

By Gini D

We purchased a home and we have a flag pole with the American flag flying. It has recently sustained a noticeable tear. I know we need to take the flag down, but what do we do with the torn flag? Also, is it disrespectful to have a flag pole but not fly a flag? Not that we do not want to, I am just thinking of the mean time of taking the current torn one down, if it is disrespectful to have no flag flying until we can replace it. Thank you for your help!

There is nothing in the flag

By Stan Dupp on August 15

There is nothing in the flag code about not flaying any flag on a pole or leaving a flag pole empty.

Contact the VFW or American

By Axel

Contact the VFW or American Legion. They should take the damage flag.

I have a few questions. My

By DCurry

I have a few questions. My g/f is St. Lucian and we want to fly both flags on our house on either side of our garage on a fixed flag pole. If facing the house/garage from the stree, which side should which flag be? Also, do we need to have lights in our yard aimed at the flag as to keep it lit up at night or do we have to take down the flag every night? (this is one of those flags that's on a stick that you insert into a fixed flag holder that you drill onto the side of your house). Thanks!

For your questions, you might

By Almanac Staff

For your questions, you might check the actual U.S. code: See Title 4, Chapter 1, sections 6 and 7:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2013-title4/pdf/USCODE-2013-title4-c...

Based on this, it appears that for a residence in the United States, the U.S. and St. Lucian flags should be flown on different staffs, be of the same size and height, and the U.S. flag should be on the left as you are facing the garage (which would be on the U.S. flag's own right).

As for what to do after sunset, the code says, "It is the universal custom to display the flag 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 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness." So, it appears that you can either take the flags down each day at sunset, or install lights to illuminate them over night.

Please note, too, that if you have an all-weather flag, it is OK to keep it out in inclement weather. Otherwise, you should take it in during precipitation.

Perhaps the following might also help:

http://www.united-states-flag.com/displaying-flags.html

http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

Sorry it took so long to

By DCurry

Sorry it took so long to respond, I lost the page that I asked this on! o.O Thank you, all that was really helpfull :) Have a great day

Hello I have two questions.

By David Lotta

Hello I have two questions. It's early but, I was wondering am I able to fly the original 13 Stars Old Glory for the 4th of July Celebration? Any my second question is I have a telescoping flag post that was installed. I have no idea how to fly the flag half mass. Am I still able to fly the flag or do I need to take it down. The flag is always at the top no matter how high or low I put the sections on the pole.

NO, just as long as the union

By Stan Dupp on August 15

NO, just as long as the union field is in the same orientation as with the 50 (FIFTY) States version.

Just think twice before hanging a Confederate Flag on that day.

Is it OK to paint the

By SSG/R Kevin Paul Till

Is it OK to paint the representation of the American Flag on a building (Barn Face)

I could not find direct

By Almanac Staff

I could not find direct mention of this usage in the Flag Code. There might be state or local laws concerning this, however. You might check at your town office. If this building is a private residential building, for non-commercial/non-advertising purposes, it might be OK, as long as the painted image is done respectfully, and, if painted horizontally, the union (blue section) is on the top left as you look at the image. Also, no other words, designs, or items should be painted or placed over the flag image.

The code says that the U.S. flag should not be used as advertising or as a "receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything," nor should it be printed/painted on temporary articles that will be discarded (such as napkins), or on wearing apparel (with a few exceptions).

For more information, you might be interested in:

http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

Recently my grandmother

By Buck Walters

Recently my grandmother passed down to me my grandfathers flag in its flag case from his memorial service 8 years ago. Would it be disrespectful to take the flag out of the case and hang it up on the wall in my music studio as a memorial to him? Just want to do the right thing. Thanks

Hi, Buck: It would be

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Buck: It would be perfectly OK to do this. In general, the more prominently you can display the flag with the proper amount of respect, the better. Thanks for asking!

My husband and I bought a

By Heather from Nova Scotia

My husband and I bought a double wide in a 55 and over mobile park in Florida, 5 years ago
Each year I buy a new American and Canadian flag to fly... one on each side, in flag pole holders attached to my house. My Lanai entrance faces the street where I put the American and the Canadian flies at the car port. same height. Is this OK?

Hi, Heather: It is OK to fly

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Heather: It is OK to fly them at the same height, provided that the U.S. flag is on the left when viewed from the street or when viewed from the side of the building from which they are flown. And thanks for being so respectful as to get new ones each year--you do both countries proud!

Hi, my question is: is it ok

By Brent Sawyer

Hi, my question is: is it ok or disrespectful to drape a flag over an empty small casket to represent the fallen soldiers for a parade that honors veterans and fallen soldiers? Just wanting to do the right thing.

Hi, Brent: This is a great

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Brent: This is a great question--thanks for asking! What you suggest is technically not proper. The solution would be to fly a small flag (such as the type on a dowel that you wave) vertically at the head of the little casket (even attach the rod to the short top side/end of the box if you want).

My father recently passed

By maxine moore

My father recently passed away and I was presented with his flag, I have purchased
a case. I have his military picture and a rosary would it be proper to display this in the case with the flag? And is it o.k. to have his name and the branch etched on the glass of the flag case? Thank you.

Hi, Maxine: Putting things

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Maxine: Putting things inside a flag case with the flag is sort of a gray area. As long as the flag remains the primary focus of respect, all is OK, and we have no doubt that you will place your father's photo and rosary in such a manner, so go for it. And yes, it is OK to etch the glass with the info you suggest (but just for the record, it is not OK to etch the glass with just anything). Thanks for asking!

Is it respectful to display

By Matthue Mooring

Is it respectful to display an American Flag in a flag case, if no one has passed away?

Hi, Matthue: Yes, it is!

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Matthue: Yes, it is!

I would like to display our

By Jeffry

I would like to display our American Flag at an indoor event and would like to find out if we could starch the flag so that it stands out from the flag pole (like flying in a breeze). I have looked at many different sites to find out if this could be done or if this would be disrespectful to our country and I haven't found any information on if this is o.k. or not. Again, I would like to honor our country and service men & women by having this flag at our event, but I also want to present it properly.

Thanks for your help.

What you could do is "banner

By Stan Dupp on August 15

What you could do is "banner hang:" the flag, but horizontally - contrary to the usual vertical hang, banner style.
What you would do is hang the flag along it's top with a dowel, thick enough to fit through a sewn pocket (some flags come with thes pockets pre-sewn) - add extra white material for the pcoekt, done merely fold the existing dflag material to make a pocket!
Then hang the dowel from each end of the dowel from nylon, 50 pound test fishline vertially. Then mount a "mast" next to the field side of the flag, to make it "look" as if it were hanging off the mast.
The ambient air movemtn in the room should give it just enough freeness to not be too distracting.
No more distracting than if hung vertically - which , is actully my preference here, as that does not get as much "awe" attention from a guessing crowd. Field to the flag's own right, recall!

Hi, Jeffry: This is a tricky

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jeffry: This is a tricky question that calls for a somewhat mystical answer, so please bear with us. Is it OK to starch a U.S. flag? Yes. Is it advisable to starch the livin' daylights out  of it for the purpose of having it "fly" flat? Well ... that may be another matter. While it is certainly true that we display our flag in different ways, e.g., from a staff, on a wall, folded in a triangle in a case, and so forth, it might be said that the "purest" form of display -- if that term can even be used -- is on a staff, gently billowing in the breeze (a la Star-Spangled Banner, although that was certainly shot up quite a bit). A clue can be found in the flag guidelines at top, in the phrase "aloft and flying freely" (the key word being "freely"). This is why you sometimes see fans directed at flags. But to starch it  into a boardlike banner, while technically OK, would probably not be ideal. Another thing to consider is that when people viewed such a flag, would their attention be drawn to its beauty and significance, as it always should be? Or to: How on Earth did they get it to fly like that? In any event, you get an A+ for asking this and even thinking about it -- thanks!

I recently sang at the

By Darrelllray

I recently sang at the funeral of a veteran. Standing behind the casket, which was draped in the American flag, I stood before singing and placed lyrics of the song on the back side where it wasn't visible to the congregation, at the foot of the casket, as there was no podium or any other thing, save the casket, at the front of the funeral parlor. At the burial, I was told by a man " Don't you ever " lay " anything on the American flag again". Just wondering, was this a big deal? I left it there only until I finished singing, then removed it.

Hi, Darrell: Like beauty, the

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Darrell: Like beauty, the "bigness" of a "deal" lies in the eyes of the beholder. Your tutor was technically correct, and no doubt his intentions were good, but he could have recognized that yours were, too -- and found a gentler way to impart his knowledge. And, while it is important to follow flag rules, it is often of value (and consolation) to consider possible extenuating circumstances and questions related thereto, such as: Would the departed veteran have minded? So although you did wrong, you also did a lot of right. Thank you for that and for this question.

Hi! My boyfriend is currently

By Kelly marie

Hi! My boyfriend is currently serving over seas. He is in the Air Force, and told me before they leave they can get flags flown behind the jets for family and friends if they want. I really want one but don't have a flag pole or any place to hang it. Are flag cases specifically for flags for fallen members? What are the guidelines for keeping a flown flag in a case?

Hi, Kelly Marie: Thank you

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Kelly Marie: Thank you for this important question and for caring enough to ask it. Flag cases can be used for any properly folded and protected U.S. flag, not just one honoring the fallen. The key thing is to always treat and store the flag reverently and protect it fully, as it has protected you. Incidentally, you do not need to spend a lot of money on a formal flag case, especially if you will not be displaying. Any box that is clean and in good condition is OK -- for example, a jewelry box if it were big enough (do not bend the folded triangle flag) or a wooden case from a cutlery set. But treat the flag and its case with the utmost of care and respect, and you will always be doing the U.S. -- and USAF! -- proud.

I would like to fly a flag on

By Evan Towle

I would like to fly a flag on my property on the appropriate days. However, there is no good place on the front of my house to mount a bracket.

I do have two tall cedar trees in front of the house. One of them displays my house number.

Would it be proper to mount a pole bracket to a cedar tree about 9' up?

Or would it be better to simply hang the flag out of the third floor windows?

Nine feet high? Well, try

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Nine feet high? Well, try lighting it for night, or have a 6' ladder handy each time you wnat to take it down at night. A tree is a fine "pole", but setting a pulley and halyard to it, that would be odd.

DONT (out of a respect for nature) mount the flag mount to the tree directly with nails - instead use two clear tree straps (used in commerciaand residential tree lighting systems, very inexeposnive), one at the top of the mount, one below, and make it taught! Check the taughtness once per year, so as not to bind the tree growth.

The honor guard folded the

By Terri McGovern

The honor guard folded the flag that was over my husband's casket. When they were finished, they presented the flag to me. I placed the flag in a wooden flag shadow box under covered glass. What I did not know was that there is a small amount of red showing in the display case.

When my family members who served in the military come to my house, they salute my husband's flag because of the red that is showing.

Should I take the shadow box somewhere to have my husband's flag re-folded?

I've been told it is disrespectful to have any red showing. I've also been told that the red signifies the blood of our servicemen and women. I don't know what to do.

Thank you for your advice.

My son's father died and his

By Jessi Sara

My son's father died and his funeral was today. It was pouring and the folded flag is soaking wet. My son is carrying the flag with him everywhere but we are concerned it won't dry. I know it can't be unfolded. Are there any suggestions on how to dry it so we can put it a case for display? Any suggestions would be great. Thank you :)

Hi, Jessi: We are so sorry to

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jessi: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Although it may be a little late in this particular case, please note that in every single consideration given to Old Glory under any circumstances, the paramount concern is respect and care. So you certainly should feel free to unfold the flag to dry it and even clean it if you see fit, and then refold it -- provided, obviously, that you treat it reverently at all times. Thanks for caring so much to ask!

What in gods name is wrong

By jackie oconnor

What in gods name is wrong with America.The Maryland School district wants to take our national Holidays off the calendar.They want to do it because they don't want to offend Muslims.Tell them to go the Hell back home if they can't conform to Americas customs.It's supposed to be GOD BLESS AMERICA.

I love this country, which I

By Michigan Resident

I love this country, which I have made my home. I have lived in the United States for over twenty years. I come to you with a request for assistance / clarity. I fly a French flag (as an expression of my heritage) on an angled flag pole on my side of a multi-unit condo. My neighbors proudly fly the American flag. My flag is to the right of theirs as observed from the street, and flies at the same height. The American flag is larger than mine (don't know if that's relevant). This past week, someone decided to take my flag and pole down... I found them on the ground. I cleaned it and put it back up. Today I came back to the flag and pole placed on my porch. I find this really disrespectful, unneighborly, and most of all: cowardly. I don't see a reason why I wouldn't be free to fly my flag. I love America and want to be sensitive and respectful, and thought I was... Am I mistaken in putting my flag back up? Thanks so much, I hope that your expertise will allow me to do the right thing here.

Dear Michigan Resident, If

By Melsled

Dear Michigan Resident,
If you have read the flag etiquette on this site, you will see that when displaying the American flag along with other flags, it is to take preeminence. It is not the size of the flag that matters, but its position in that display.
Even though YOU were not displaying another flag along with an American flag, my guess is whoever removed your flag viewed it as some sort of challenge. Those of us who went to school in the 20th century were taught that American flag represents our entire nation. Many Americans take this seriously and view any disrespect to the Flag as a slap in the face to the American people. Others see our constitutionally-protected right of free speech as preeminent over the Flag itself.
I am sorry that whoever saw fit to remove your flag did not have the courage to speak to you about it, but felt free to violate your personal property instead. (You assume it was your American-flag-flying neighbor, but you can't be sure since they did not identify themselves.) Ideally, you should be able to talk to your neighbors about what happened, but not knowing their character, I hesitate to advise you. I hate the thought of you being intimidated into curtailing your right to display a part of your heritage. That is not the American way at all.

To say that size of the flags

By Stan Dupp on August 15

To say that size of the flags is of no improt is incorrect. The main point is that the US flag should be most prominent, and that would be in forward placement, height, size, centered, or to the viewer's left. However, since YOU are flying your own single flag, ther is no placement relevance in this case. Your flag, being alone on your proerty, has no relevance to a US flag flown on someone else's property. They are wrong for tresspassing on your prerty for any reason, without your consent. They should be fine with the size of their larger, US flag in this case and should not be worrying about your single flag, at all.

That said, why NOT fly your own US flag, withj the French flag, and in the proper manner? THat mighjt quell your neighbors' concerns.

Dear Melsled, Thanks for your

By Michigan Resident

Dear Melsled,
Thanks for your reply.
I'd like to clarify a few points that may not have been evident from my previous post. First, I did my 'due diligence' when raising my flag for the third time. I took the phrase from above (No other flag should be placed above the flag of the United States or, if on the same level, to its right) to mean that I was technically in the clear. Secondly, I really don't believe my American-flag-flying neighbors took it down (we are pretty close). I hope this helps...
I am more concerned with common sense and etiquette than technicality. If, however; my flag were to in some way violate the flag code, I would take it down. I believe in the constitutional right to free speech. I also hold a personal belief that free speech ends when it harms others. I don't want to cause anyone distress while expressing myself.
Interestingly enough, I feel more free to fly my flag in the United States than in France (rare are those countries that exhibit their nation's flag at home...). I was reveling in that privilege until this incident made me rethink the entire act.
I believe I will continue to fly it, unless someone identifies themself and tells me how they feel...
Thanks again for your response!

I wish somebody would STOP

By WhysGuy180

I wish somebody would STOP the U S ARMY's DISRESPECTFUL wearing of MY FLAG on their right shoulder!!! (with Union on RIGHT)
The "lie" they tell is that it is okay because it "symbolizes" Forward Into Battle.

As per several websites on

By Navy Brat

As per several websites on this matter:

"The blue field of stars should always be in the highest position of honor. When viewing the flag on a wall, the highest position of honor is the upper left when displayed horizontally, and at the top (upper left) when displayed vertically. When displayed on a "moving object" like a person or vehicle, the highest position of honor is the front, and not the rear; so the field of blue should be displayed to the front.

The same principle applies to the eagle rank of Colonels (or Navy Captains); the eagles' heads are always worn facing forward when worn on the uniform, as the forward-facing eagle is the position of honor within heraldry.

In application, then, flags are displayed on moving vehicles with the blue-star field always displayed towards the front of the vehicle. In this way, the flag appears to be blowing in the wind as the vehicle travels forward (flags are always attached to their flag poles on the blue field side). If the flag were not reversed on the right hand side of the vehicle, the vehicle might appear to be moving backwards (or "retreating").

The next time you visit an airport, notice that the US-flagged aircraft also have a "reverse" flag painted on the right side of the aircraft.

For flag patches worn on uniforms, the same principle applies: the blue star field always faces towards the front, with the red and white stripes behind. Think of the flag, not as a patch, but as a loose flag attached to the Soldier's arm like a flag pole. As the Soldier moves forward, the red and white stripes will flow to the back.

As the proponent for standardization and authorization of heraldry items within the Department of Defense, the Institute of Heraldry addresses the apparent oddity of the reverse flag patch by stating, "When worn on the right sleeve, it is considered proper to reverse the design so that the union is at the observer's right to suggest that the flag is flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward."

A soldier is moving object, my friend.

There is a car dealership

By Chris.sc600

There is a car dealership close to me here in Houston, TX. They have several American and Mexico flags at the same height alternating US/Mexico/US/etc. Is this reportable, and who do I contact?

Hi, Chris: Thank you for

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Chris: Thank you for spotting this. The Flag Code is entirely voluntary, so there is no real enforcement. From a technical standpoint, it is OK for a foreign flag to fly at the same height as the U.S. flag, as long as the U.S. flag is to the right as it is being presented. In other words, if you are standing on the road looking at the dealership, the U.S. flag should be on the left. Of course, if the U.S. flag is on the end, this works only for the first pair. The next U.S. flag becomes out of compliance because the first Mexican flag would be to the right of it as presented. A good compromise might be to lower all of the Mexican flags slightly, like one flag's width. We would craft a short and very cordial letter asking that the dealership "please consider" changing this, have 10 or so others sign it, and bring it to the Sales Manager. Good luck!

Is it always improper to wear

By Mark Lucus

Is it always improper to wear a hat in a room where the flag of The United States of America is displayed?

Hi, Mark: Of course, there is

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Mark: Of course, there is the large school of traditional etiquette thought that says that wearing any hat under any circumstances indoors is improper. That being said, if a hat is to be worn, it is OK to wear it indoors in the presence of the U.S. flag. The exception to this occurs when the flag is displayed as part of a procession, such as being brought down an aisle, in which case the hat is doffed when the flag passes by. Thanks for asking! (And just for the record: We don't wear our hat indoors.)

Board Members in an Home

By Bill T

Board Members in an Home Owners Assoc (55+) have directed management to lower the flag to half staff(entrance to the property, outdoors) whenever a resident may pass away. (For some, not all). This seems to diminish the honor for when it is ordered by the government. Shoud they stop this practice?

Hi, Bill: This is a nice

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Bill: This is a nice thought/gesture, but it is really not proper. An alternative might be to obtain a smaller flag in mourning purple to fly below the U.S. flag in memoriam.

Our displayed flag is on a

By Larry H Williams

Our displayed flag is on a "fixed" staff, and cannot be lowered to half staff. When, like Sunday, Oct 12th, for Fire Prevention - do we simply take it down?

Hi, Larry: Thank you for the

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Larry: Thank you for the excellent question and sorry for our belatedness. If possible next time, the best thing to do is tie a black streamer to the top left corner of the flag and keep it raised.

I have one 20foot pole by its

By Andrew Christensen

I have one 20foot pole by its self in a section of my yard on top of a large mound of dirt with plants and flowers and in the same yard approx 80feet away I have 2 flag poles mounted ontop of a deck one is 20feet with 2 sports teams flags and the pole next to it is 22 or 24feet with 2 other sports teams flags on it also. I dont want to have other flags near my US flag and I dont want to fly another flag with the us flag.I want to fly my 4 chicago sports teams together.Is it fine if the US flag is lower at another place in the yard if its alone and not near oyher flags?

Hi, Andrew: This is all about

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Andrew: This is all about respect for the flag -- which, by asking this question, you show that you have. Thank you. Eighty feet is a little tight for this type of "overshadowing" of the U.S. flag by other flags/pennants of any type, but another thing to consider is that much as you Chicago fans may think otherwise, Chicago sports teams aren't sovereign nations unto themselves. Another thing to bear in mind is that by setting the U.S. flag apart and raising it on a beautified, landscaped mound, you are giving it the preferential treatment that it deserves. We would say that you are good to go.

So My dad passed and I got

By leighannholguin

So My dad passed and I got his flag I have a flag case but I was trying to find out if i can hang it on the wall point down so i can use it as a shelf for his picture? what is the etiquette for putting flag boxes on the wall? Please help.

Hi, Leigh Ann: Thank you to

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Leigh Ann: Thank you to your father for his service! And thank YOU for caring enough to ask this question -- the answer to which is complicated. The bottom line here (well, sort of) is that this flag has been properly folded and is now protected by a case. Nothing can ever be placed on the flag. However, here we are talking about the case, so your usage would be OK. That being said, your memorial display still needs to be placed in a well-lit (but not necessarily specially lit) position of respect (not that you wouldn't). For example, it would be inappropriate for it to be down near the floor or surrounded by felt pennants from your favorite vacation spots. And, although this goes without saying, the photo and case need to be regularly dusted. Go for it. No doubt somebody is pretty proud of you right now for even thinking of this.

Is there a rule of etiquette

By Joe Gee

Is there a rule of etiquette or published code for flying the flag at night? For example (and to the point), is it required to have a light shining on it? I believe it is code, but I cannot find it. If that is the case, can you please cite the code, as I'm trying to get my homeowners assoc. to get the flag lit at night. Thanks!

The flag should be raised

By Scott Larry

The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.

google Flag etiquette, there are many sources

I am a cub Master and s

By brian young

I am a cub Master and s scoutmaster with about 90 boys, I want to teach them right, when lined up with the us flag in front of the line. Where does the colored guard stand in front or behind, I have seen it both ways

Hi, Brian: This is an

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Brian: This is an excellent question! Thanks for being so thorough and so patriotic. There are always at least two color guards who guard the flag bearer(s). When they are in a column, one guard goes first. Then comes the U.S. flag. Then any other flag(s). Then the second color guard. The idea is that the flag(s) are guarded on all (well, two) sides. Thanks again to the Leader of the Pack!

As for the state flags being

By don k

As for the state flags being flown at the same level as the National Flag is wrong. There is only one state that has the authority to be able to fly their flag at the same height and that is Texas.

When flown with flags of

By Scott Larry

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
So the rule is no other flag higher than old glory, same height is ok

Two flags, US to it's right,

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Two flags, US to it's right, more flags, US flag CENTER.

Isn't it improper to have the

By Paul Walters

Isn't it improper to have the american flag flying the same height as a flag on on ether side of it I thoughtthe american flag is always slightly higher

Our flag should always be at

By Ian Bruins

Our flag should always be at the same height of any country we are not at war with. For diplomatic reasons, you could probably extend that to every country. Same height.
States are different. Stars and Stripes should fly above every state (although someone here said Texas can be same height, but I don't know if that's true.)

Is is appropriate for a

By Ben Coleman

Is is appropriate for a funeral home to fly the flag at half staff when conducting a funeral for a qualified veteran?

Hi, Ben, The short answer is

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Ben,

The short answer is no. The only source that we know of to address this is the National Flag Foundation (http://www.usflag.org/nffhalfstaff.html). According to this org, only the U.S. President and, under specific circumstances, the governer of a U.S. state, territory, or possession can the U.S. flag be flown at half staff. On this link page are cited several "good-faith misunderstandings"—examples of government officials who issued such an order. According to the org (NFF), these individuals did not have the proper authority. So, again, it would not be appropriate in the situation you describe.

I work at Walmart and they

By Robert Ferrin

I work at Walmart and they have display the American flag along with the state flag indoors and its doesn't look right. When you look at it the American flag its on it left of the state flag and where the stars and strips are pointed west and i thought the stars always pointed to the north star never away from the north star. Am I right about this that the stars are always pointed to the north star???

Hi, Robert: When flags are on

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Robert: When flags are on a wall, they can be considered the same as standing on a stage facing us. In that case, the U.S. flag should always be on the right side of the presenters, and thus on the left side of the stage or wall as we face it. The U.S. flag's blue field should always be on the left as we look at it, regardless of where the North Star is. Thanks for caring!

I have an issue with a guy

By Collier

I have an issue with a guy living down my street. Whenever he displays his flag it's pinned up over his garage door with the union to the observers right. Which is backwards. I printed out a proper way to display an American flag 101 from the Internet, along with a friendly note. Next holiday, flag was back up, again backwards. So I knocked on his door. His wife answered and I asked why do they always display their flag backwards. Her reply was "it's torn and can only be displayed that way." My response was that it would be pinned up by the same two points, just the flag turned around. And I also added that if it's torn then it's considered unserviceable and should be properly disposed of. Her response was to slam the door in my face. Next holiday he did display his flag the proper way. But that was short lived. Because this past holiday it was back up backwards. So I happen to drive by and he was outside. So I stopped and said "hey your flag is backwards" he said there was nothing wrong with his flag, you see the flag flying over the Capitol building blowing one way, and blows the other way. I tried to explain to him yes on a flagpole but on a building the union should be to the observers left. He just said get lost and he walked inside his garage. Aggravating to say the least!! The guy is a total ignorant idiot. As I am an ex Air Force a Honor Guard and 10 yrs in the military. I sure do wish there was some way I could get it through his thick skull that he is wrong.

Maybe try building a

By GoneGal

Maybe try building a relationship with your neighbors first before telling them how to do things in their own home, even if it is visible. Even though you are right and noble for trying to protect the flag, they obviously don't have the same value for it as you. But hey- at least they are flying the flag! Most people just don't like being told what to do. Work on the relationship first, then if you can build trust with them, they might listen to your story of service and understand why it is so important. Good luck!

Your post began

By Dan P

Your post began with..."Here's what Congress advised for the use of the U.S. flag in a joint resolution dated June 22, 1942." This is not true. Your post goes on to say when the flag shoud be displayed. It includes MLK's birthday. Noooo he was not a black icon in 1942.

Thanks for the good catch,

By Almanac Staff

Thanks for the good catch, Dan!

I work at a company that has

By dave newman

I work at a company that has an american flag on a 30 ft pole.I have heard that the US gov changed the rule on lighting on the flag at dusk to dawn because of light pollution & that a light is not needed flying the flag at night. is this true or just a rumour ?

The ruling is, now, due to

By Stan Dupp on August 15

The ruling is, now, due to that law being passed, is that any flags may be lit, but from below their lowest hanging point, and so as not to cuase direct light to spill into eye view from the ground.

Light poluution, so called, is NOT when light bounces off clouds or dust or smog in the air. Light poulltion, per the law, is light DIRECTLY aimed at other areas other than the areas to be lit (just think, light on opoles behind your house from the nearby baseball park - any of that light directly visible to you on your proerrty cviolates the Light Polution Law)

I have been attempting to

By Jan Ketrow

I have been attempting to display "Old Glory" at my condo complex respectfully yet unsuccessfully since last year. First, I was told the display was disrespectful by our Canadian Board of Directors President. Without the guidance of your wonderful guidelines, I was forced to take the flag down. Now I'm being told I must ask permission to display the flag to honor my deceased WWII veteran father and my disabled Purple Heart, Silver Star, Vietnam vet Ranger brother. Flags displayed on my front door will suffice for my display urges. Needless to say, I am livid! I've been leaving the flag up at night as it has a street light which shines on it until I can find a sponsor to hard wire a light into our electric system. I was told that I had to write a special letter requesting permission to

Your condo association is

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Your condo association is violating US Law. No one can tell you when or how to fly the flag other than the Flag Code and Presidential or Governor decree for half-staff times.

Period. They are wrong. And that IS enforceable in court.

I am having the same

By Roland Deleon

I am having the same discomfort when I was told by condo association to only display my flag during special occasions or holidays. I am a 20 year veteran and feel I have the right display my flag anytime. Many service man and women died in keeping the American flag flying. I WANTED TO KEEP MY FLAG FLYING.

You have the right and law

By Stan Dupp on August 15

You have the right and law behind you to dospaly your flag every day of the year if you want. The question is though, local authority CAN make a rule for pole color and hieght and whther or not a porfessional flag pole installer must be used, this makes snese. Butm, if your pole is up to code (and a code must exost), they may NEVER tell you when or when not to display your flag, that is reserved for your State Governor and the US President - only.

Is it necessary when

By spp pamela

Is it necessary when nonmilitary personnel carry the flag to be posted prior to the pledge of allegiance and national anthem, that they wear gloves, white or any other color? Some members of the Emblem Club (whose emblem is the American Flag) have indicated that it is required to wear the gloves when posting or removing the flags.

Not at all true, however, the

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Not at all true, however, the idea of wearing any gloves is to promote a clean flag. That would be the ONLY reason to insist on gloves of any kind, while touching the flag. If only touching the halyard or pole, gloves are NOT required.

The above quote explains

By Fireflyvintage

The above quote explains about the Dos & Don'ts while we hoist American flag. It will be very much useful for all to give proper respect to the flag.

I see many decorating sites

By Mommabear12

I see many decorating sites now have pillows made with small American flags. I was raised (active in scouting and daughter of a Korean War veteran) that this was disrespectful. How should I respond to these young "decorators"?

I have an older cloth flag

By falconreid

I have an older cloth flag from the 1976 bicentennial. I've noticed lately that one of the red stripes (and only one, oddly enough) is fading. Is there an appropriate way to recolor it?

Is it disrespectful to hang a

By Linda Mangold Booth

Is it disrespectful to hang a burial size flag indoors, framed on the wall. Is there anything wrong with it being tacked with brass nails all around the flag to the frame. This would be for inside a Borough Town meeting room.

If you know for a fact that

By Stan Dupp on August 15

If you know for a fact that flag was used draped over a coffin for a funeral of a serviceman, it should be folded, remain folded and in a display case at all times. Never open or hung at all.

I'm no expert but Brass Tacks

By Scott Larry

I'm no expert but Brass Tacks would show intentional damage which is disrespectful, framed by another method would be better.

The right design for 3 flag

By Samuel A. Glenn

The right design for 3 flag poles- I would like to place 3 flag poles out in front of my business. What is the proper way to display 3 poles? I am getting 1- 35' and 2- 30' poles. Is it OK to place the three in an inverted design (triangle) with the American Flag in back on the 35' pole and the state on the left and POW on the right on both the 30' poles?

reverse the triangle and it's

By Scott Larry

reverse the triangle and it's perfect! Old Glory should be out front and highest!

Agreed, exactly correct in

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Agreed, exactly correct in that config - out front - doesnt have to be an isoc triaangle however!

Displaying the flag (on a

By William Hildreth

Displaying the flag (on a base and pole) in an auditorium with a raised platform, if the flag is on the platform it should be on the speaker's right side. If the flag is positioned on the floor (audience level - not on the platform) does it go to the audience's right side?

The flag would remain on the

By Scott Larry

The flag would remain on the speakers right (the flags right) when ever it can

I thought if flags are left

By Jane Addams

I thought if flags are left up at night they are supposed to be lit. A Veterans monument in WI has the flags of the US Army, Navy, Air Force along with American Flag, but no lights on them at night. Is this correct?

2 service people complained

By Kat H

2 service people complained that our flag hanging on an angled pole off of our porch did not have a spotlight on it at night...of course, I did a Google search for this protocol and what I found is that the flag "must have sufficient enough lighting" at night so that "a casual passerby can tell it is the American flag." So, in our case, the porch light casts enough light (as do the street lights) so anyone driving or walking by can clearly tell its Old Glory.

Hi, Jane: It's incorrect, but

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Jane: It's incorrect, but when we see something like this, we tend to go with the "it's the thought that counts" line of critique and infer, rightly or wrongly, that the infraction comes from lack of knowledge (and/or lighting funds) and not disrespect. After all, Badgers have always been a patriotic bunch.

We did a flag ceremony at Cub

By Cub Scout Pack 140

We did a flag ceremony at Cub Scouts recently and I was wondering. If a flag is at half mass and it rains does the flag still have to come in or do you leave it out for half mass remembrance.

Hlaf Mast, half of the height

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Hlaf Mast, half of the height of the mast - has nothing to do with a Catholic Mass, btw, nothing at all.

Here's a (two-fingered)

By Almanac Staff

Here's a (two-fingered) salute to you, Pack 140! Thanks for checkin' in. We were in Den 3, Pack 254, back in the day, but there were only about 15 stars on the flag then, wethinks. Yes, a flag at half-mast does have to come in during inclement weather. But did you know that this isn't always necessarily true? The reason the U.S. flag needs to come in during bad weather is not so that it doesn't get wet -- it's so that it doesn't get damaged. So if you have a rugged, weather-resistant flag, it's OK to fly it in the rain (but be prepared to answer questions!). Incidentally, the reason the flag needs to be lit at night has nothing to do with night and day and the clock, but rather with darkness. Thus, if it gets really dark and black outside during a storm, you need to light up your weather-resistant flag. There! We've done our best to do our duty to Pack 140 and our country, and to help other people (if you know what we mean ;) ).

Question: I work remote and

By Xparatrooper

Question: I work remote and our facility has one flag pole with Old Glory up top and the State flag below. When the State requests everyone to fly half staff, is it appropriate to bring them both to half staff? I have no good way to separate the two. Which is the 'least incorrect' ? Both all the way up even though the State wishes to be half staff... or Both at half staff?

All flags should be flown in

By PKVolTN

All flags should be flown in the correct order and all half-staff. (You may have to fly a little higher than half-staff if you have 3 flags and a shorter pole.

In this case only, as they

By Stan Dupp on August 15

In this case only, as they are both on the same mast, yes, they both come to half mast, but that will make the Stae flag quite low on the pole! However, IF you could lower the US flag separetly , DO SO, Never lower a STae flag to half mast on purpose or reason, this not allowed. The Stae Gove may only decree a half mast of the US FLAG ONLY, not the State flag (by itself).

That said, in no case, on the same mast, shall any flag be higher than the US flag. If the state flag was on it's own mast, it can stay higher than the Half-mast US flag when HAlf mast is requested by the Gov or Pres.

? I have been informed by a

By SFC John McKenna (ret)

? I have been informed by a retired LTC that the American flag and the state flag when being flown on two seperate poles in front of a public school, the state flag is suppose to be flown 12" below the American flag. I have never heard this before and I would sure loke to know if I have been wrong for so many years.

When the U.S. flag is flown

By Almanac Staff

When the U.S. flag is flown with flags of states on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor, which is to its own right. No other flag ever should be placed above the U.S. flag. The state flag may be smaller but never larger. The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

If The Colors are cased is

By 1sg.(R) Willie Fedd

If The Colors are cased is there a need to Salute. What regulation covers cased Colors?

My thought is if the flags

By PKVolTN

My thought is if the flags are cased (and I assume you mean in a protective cover with the staff), then the flag is treated with reverence, but not saluted since it is not visible.

I have a Marine Corps flag

By Jhun Jhun

I have a Marine Corps flag and I want to put it post it outside my house. What's the rules for that?

The ONLY flag? Then use

By Stan Dupp on August 15

The ONLY flag? Then use whatever rules the Corps says for it.

hey is the flag ok to be

By leio

hey is the flag ok to be outside in storms?

The only time u can fly the

By homeless88

The only time u can fly the flag in bad weather is if it is an all weather flag, otherwise u must take it down

One NEVER flies the national

By gloria fortunato

One NEVER flies the national flag in inclement weather (rain, snow, sleet, hail). It is not "OK" to do so. An 'all weather' flag means the materials it is constructed from (fade resistant, wind-related).

This information is incorrect

By Shane Syromi

This information is incorrect as having previous personal experience of being in charge of determining the raising, lowering and type of flag to be posted on a military instillation I can tell you that during inclement weather an all weather flag is the only type of flag that can be flown. If you do not own this type of flag then yes you would take it down to prevent damage. There not a need to remove an all weather flag from display during rain or such. however there are some additional things that you must be aware of if you take it down at night. These include having a place that the flag can hang in the proper manner within your house or office in which it can dry to prevent mold and mildew from building up on the flag before being folded. However as long as you make sure that the flag is not damaged it is in no way disrespectful to have the American flag fly during a storm. I also advise to use common sense in certain cases for instance if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes and this is the type of storm you are questioning then bring the flag inside for this is one case in which you cannot guarantee the safety of the flag. I hope that this helps shine some light on the subject.

When the colors were posted

By Mike Mills

When the colors were posted yesterday at the Bataan March out at WSMR, the U.S. Flag was properly placed. My question: Is it acceptable that the New Mexico flag was near twice the size of the U.S. Flag? It sure didn't look proper.

Entirley improper to US FLag

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Entirley improper to US FLag code, yes. Not enforceable, but certainly improper.

The guidelines say the flag

By Mike Krites

The guidelines say the flag can not be worn? The Military, Police Officers, wear the American Flag on uniforms etc. Is this acceptable by the guidelines?

No, a whole flag may never be

By Stan Dupp on August 15

No, a whole flag may never be worn AS a garment. A complete whole flag emblem IS allowed on uniforms, and is to be placed on the unifrom to look as if it is its own living thing and look as if it is being flown properly. It can be placed horizintal (common) or vertical (rare).

what is the answer to Mike

By Mary Lou Moore

what is the answer to Mike Krites question? I have noticed on several TV shows about law enforcement that they do not wear a patch of the American flag - why is that? Also I noticed my local law enforcement does not wear the US flag patch.

A patch of a flag is not a

By Ed Kopsick

A patch of a flag is not a flag. The situation that brings this question out is that a flag in itself cannot be used as clothing. That means that you cannot take a flag, cut it up, make a shirt and wear it. It does not prohibit wearing a flag patch on a uniform.

I live in Texas and I noticed

By Stacy M.

I live in Texas and I noticed a business in the area that had the American Flag & the Mexican flag flying at the same height, on different flag poles, is it against the flag code to do so? The same business also had a Texas flag flying but lower than the Mexican flag, it just does not seem like this would be the correct positioning. Any clarification on these two situations would be greatly appreciated.

According to the Flag Code,

By John Stevenson

According to the Flag Code, when displaying the US flag with any other flag on separate staffs the US flag should be flown as the first on the left side of anyone viewing the flags. Flags of other countries should always be flown at the same height b ut always to the right of the US flag as viewed by an observer

The flags should be flown

By Scott H.

The flags should be flown from separate poles, at the same height, but the U.S. flag is to be raised first and lowered last.

According to the Chicago

By Almanac Staff

According to the Chicago regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "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."

Thank you for the

By Stacy M.

Thank you for the clarification. Is it acceptable for the Texas flag to be flown lower than the Mexican flag? They have the US, Mexican & Texas flag displayed with the US & Mexican at the same height but the Texas flag is lower.

I was told by a US Air Force

By Belinda J.D.

I was told by a US Air Force Sgt, that there is one day in the year that the American Flag should not be flown. Can you tell me what day of the year that would be?

According to The American

By Almanac Staff

According to The American Flag Foundation, the American flag should be displayed every day, but especially on holidays, including state holidays and during local celebrations.

Ok your saying that I can fly

By Lotti

Ok your saying that I can fly my island flag next to the American flag as long it is properly locate it side by side
I though if your in thus country no flag should fly next to the American flag but underneath please advise
Now my island flag flys underneath

According to the Chicago

By Almanac Staff

According to the Chicago regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "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."

I fly a USA and USMC flag on

By Bruce Plumeri

I fly a USA and USMC flag on separate poles which are not height adjustable. When flags are flown half mast, which is not doable with my poles, do I not fly them?

Thanks

If you cannot fly a flag at

By Ed Kopsick

If you cannot fly a flag at half mast you should hang a black ribbon or banner on it.

Flags are lowered to "half

By Earl Pitts

Flags are lowered to "half mast" on a ship. It is flown at "half staff " when on a pole.

t "see half-mast."

By Dawn cooley

t "see half-mast." Definitions for half-mast from those 2 sources:
" The position about halfway up a mast or pole at which a flag is flown as a symbol of mourning for the dead or as a signal of distress. Also called half-staff." The marine thing is false...

Has he U.S. ever lowered the

By Maryelle

Has he U.S. ever lowered the American Flag to half staff over the white house for the death of another country's leader before Mandella?

Yes. The last time the flag

By Curtis Sluder

Yes. The last time the flag was at half-staff for a Non-American was in 2005 for the death of the Pope.

i love the usa and support

By todd powell

i love the usa and support our flag every day.

Are there guidelines on when

By Jill1234

Are there guidelines on when flying a flag at half mast is *TOO LONG*?

For example, the death of a civilian, family lowers flag to half mast and intend to keep it that way forever.

They have even duck taped the pole to prevent anyone from raising it or lowering it.

I do not think this is healthy or respectful

Yes, very spcific guidelines

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Yes, very spcific guidelines in the code! US Pres 30 days after death. Others, less time.

"For example, the death of a civilian, family lowers flag to half mast and intend to keep it that way forever.

They have even duck taped the pole to prevent anyone from raising it or lowering it.

I do not think this is healthy or respectful"

Correct, improper, and unhealthy.

The Flag should only be flown

By PKVolTN

The Flag should only be flown at half-mast at the directive of the President, Governor, Mayor, etc. In other words, it is improper to fly the Flag at half-mast if it is not directed at the general population.

There are other fitting tributes to honor someone else, but they should not dishonor the Flag while trying to honor someone else.

Only the President or the

By Robert Chapman1

Only the President or the Governor can authorize a US Flag at half staff, that's it nobody else, including Mayors etc.

How can anybody let this

By Jeff Lindau

How can anybody let this continue?
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The person who flew this flag

By PKVolTN

The person who flew this flag has replaced it with the correct Flag.

When the honor guard is

By Wendy O'Brien

When the honor guard is entering the room at a funeral with the American flag, organization banner and two riffles. The American flag enters first then the riffles and banner to be posted, correct? The riffles don't come first then the American flag. Can you please let me know and also where to find the information. Thank you Wendy

"Correct?" is correct.

By Stan Dupp on August 15

"Correct?" is correct.

I think to pay respect to

By nick edward

I think to pay respect to our flag we need these guideline . . . and who knows when a mistake happens and ruin everything . . . for picture frames u may visit . . . http://www.almanac.com/content/american-flag-guidelines#comment-30312

This are great guidelines. We

By foglamp

This are great guidelines. We should learn to respect our flag as it represent our country's pride and liberty. Patriotism is not purely passion, it is a social responsibility.

I have a question about

By SSG BAIN, KIMBERLIN

I have a question about displaying the flag in a war zone on my compound that I am at in Afghanistan. I raised the flag today in a small ceremony for the first flag displayed at our compound, we can not put a light out at night to illuminate it at night because of air traffic around, and we all have a difficult time about displaying it at night with out disrespecting the colors. Is there a rule or some kind of guidance that you can help us with. We also do not want to take it down and put it up every day do to the missions that are all over, please give some guidance...SSG Bain out..

you are in a combat zone, so

By Charles Woolson MSgt USAF [Ret}

you are in a combat zone, so it is appropriate to fly the flag 24/7 unless command orders otherwise.

There is usually enough ambient light in an active compound to see the flag. Since the flag is visible you do not need a special light.

also common sense dictates you do not want to make an easy target, so no light please.

hope this helps.

There is a place in my home

By Carol Mattoon

There is a place in my home town who has the American Flag out in front of their business and attached to the back of our glorious flag is the Mexican flag. I was wondering if that is even legal. It is extremely irritating to me and I personally find it very disrespectful. So I would like to know if it is illegal. Thanks

I am not sure why I felt

By Kathy Missouri

I am not sure why I felt compelled to do this but when my husband put up my flag pole as I have been asking for many years now he asked me which way to place the pully and I just said to the North of course. I don't know that this is proper etiquitte and it's too late now that it's cemented in place but is this proper? I did make sure he placed it to the left of our main entrance and that there is a street light illuminating it until I can get the spot light I need to illuminate it properly and so that I can fly it 24/7 as I have a great deal of pride in my country and I do not believe I should have to take it down and put it up every single day. Another question I have is on Memorial Day when it is to be flown at half mast but it is already flying do I then lower it and briskly raise it to the peak then to half mast or do I just lower it to half mast? Thank you.

Kathy, you are correct

By Paul Fournier

Kathy,

you are correct about hoisting the flag on Memorial Day, however, it is not termed 'half mast', but 'half staff' as a mast is on a ship. A Staff is a land based flagpole.

Half-staff in the code, half

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Half-staff in the code, half mast on ships, yep. UNLESS the US FLag is not on a mast, then it is on a staff.

We have an Irish Pub and want

By Nancy McKeown

We have an Irish Pub and want to have Irish flags along the outside of the building to draw attention. Is it disrespectful to hang only the Irish flags as they will be up very high and we will not be able to take down at night or provide lighting for the American flag?

You arent direspecting the US

By Stan Dupp on August 15

You arent direspecting the US FALg if you are only diplaying other flags. But IF you post an American Flag, follow the code. Light it up!

I wish you would put a way to

By Karen Everett

I wish you would put a way to share this article on Facebook. I cant copy and paste this from my phone.

I live in a manufactured home

By Bill B

I live in a manufactured home development. We plan to display the American Flag on the properties of our street during holiday periods. The flags are 12"x18" and attached to a 32" pole which will be put into ground so as the flag does not touch the ground. Is it proper to leave these flags overnight without lighting? We were hoping to leave the flags flown for the entire week of the holiday.

Thanks for your help

Bill

The flag should be raised

By KtJ

The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.

Do we have to.lower our flags

By Leyda D. G

Do we have to.lower our flags for someone that had not served the country?

The president will proclaim

By Jerald H. D.

The president will proclaim when the flag needs to be at half staff. Here is a link to where you can find those.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/proclamations

I have had the honors of

By Norrval Cummings

I have had the honors of being ask to lead the Pledge od Alegence to our montthly meetings of the residents. We have a new President of the Residents Association. I Have been movimng the flag to the right and in front of the podiam for each meeting. Shortly after the meeting came to order I lead the group in the Pledge of Alegence and a Lady Lead the group in the National Antham. The flag was moved to the back of the podiam. Is this proper?

It is not improper, but

By Art Frailey

It is not improper, but unnecessary. Honors to the flag can be rendered in any proper position it is placed.

The flag, if on its own

By Stan Dupp on August 15

The flag, if on its own stand, should stay to the right of the podium throughout all proceedings. No one should be moving the flag, unless they come into the room holding in a waste holster.

We live in an older home 1760

By Paula C.

We live in an older home 1760 and we fly the Grand Union flag. I would like to add the Betsy Ross Flag to the pole which flag should be flown the highest? I would like to fly both flags but do want to do it according to flag etiquette.

I just purchased a home, I

By Joe Borgen

I just purchased a home, I served in the AF for 4 years and Army for 6. I hang an all weather flag and placed it on the left (facing my house, far right looking out of the house) I am not really sure about the height of the inclined pole from the floor. Is it supposed to be half height of the house. If you know please let me know. I want to make sure I an displaying it accordingly and respectfully. Thank you

The pole should not be on any

By Stan Dupp on August 15

The pole should not be on any incline, it should be plumb. Height compared to any structure is not an issue and is not in the code as being an issue. As high as your local authorities will allow (for safety).

I was a Marine who served in

By AJ Crossley

I was a Marine who served in Iraq. I have a flag that flew outside my post while I was there, she has several bullet holes in her but I hold on to it because of the memories. Would I be able to display my flag on a wall in the living room or would that be considered disrespectful? If anybody can provide an answer please help. My email is: hardcore0331@aol.com
Semper Fi

Sir, may I suggest that you

By John Stevenson

Sir, may I suggest that you place the flag in a tri cornered display case, after folding it. These cases are not only used for display of flags used at funerals but can be used to honorably display a flag that has sentimental value. Thank you for your service.

Thank you for your service

By Michael Golden

Thank you for your service Marine,
I have a Flag given to me by my grandfather that has 48 stars. I wanted it preserved and displayed in my "man cave" along with all my other memorabilia of my days in S.E. Asia and other military "stuff". What I discovered is, a flag that has sentimental and historical value can be displayed following the rules of etiquette of a new flag....
...By doing so, you also show honor to those that served under that particular flag.
My answer to your question: It is not disrespectful if done with pride. So, carry on Marine, Semper Fi.

I am now somewhat concerned

By PatrioticDecorator

I am now somewhat concerned that I may have done something wrong. My bathroom is decorated with Americana style decor, there are flag craft items, signs reading God bless America, flag wallpaper border, etc. Guests have consistently spoke of the decor in there, sometimes saying they felt like saluting in there. It is decorated in this style out of love and respect for our country. I often find new American items to put in there, and do so. Is this wrong?

If it's done with respect,

By 2ndGenVet

If it's done with respect, it's fine. If it makes your friends want to salute, it sounds like you've done a respectful job. Stars and stripes toilet paper, on the other hand... Now, that would be another story.

My sister brought something

By Susan Pine

My sister brought something to my attention. In the "holiday" section of when Old Glory should be displayed, it mentions Mother's Day, but not Father's Day. I am hoping this is a typo and not a sub to the men of this country.

Susan, Thanks for bringing

By Almanac Staff

Susan, Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I don't think we have updated the U.S. Flag Guide since it was printed in the Almanac. For now, we have updated the holiday list. We'll review it all soon. Thanks, again!

We have all these specific

By lesia

We have all these specific guidelines, yet we allow people to burn it

The ability to burn the flag

By grfort

The ability to burn the flag (as a protest) is the Free Speech right you have as a citizen of this country. It's odd and doesn't sit well with some of our populace but, it is a right to free speech.

Please know when a flag becomes tattered/frayed/discolored and so forth it should no longer be displayed/flown. The correct term is 'to retire the flag' NOT 'burn it'. Boy Scout troops in your area will be glad to perform the ceremony (it's actually quite moving).

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By Jann

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Many BSA troops are no longer

By Kenneth F Miller

Many BSA troops are no longer accepting flags for retirement as they are overloaded with nylon all-weather flags that can not be retired via fire. When checking with the troop if they will accept the flag, please let them know if it is nylon. As a Scoutmaster, I have over 50 flags that we have retired with a ceremony, but have not been able to physically retire as the fumes released by the nylon during burning are toxic.

Retiring nylon flags -

By gloria fortunato

Retiring nylon flags - interesting. Funeral homes (some) offering cremation services will retire the flag (once it has been separated as prescribed in the protocols/regulations). Ask around.

The "ability" to burn the

By Gary Stilwell

The "ability" to burn the Flag of the United States in protest is BOGUS. This IS NOT FREE SPEECH!-It is desecrating the Flag that symbolizes our freedom.
Try this---lay our flag down on the ground in front of a Marine. set it on fire--see how fast you get a FREE ride to the promised land.
(The only way our Country's Flag is to be burned is with due ceremony of retirement)

Pretty much all incorrect.

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Pretty much all incorrect.

The first amendment includes

By Like or Not...

The first amendment includes "symbolic speech". Flag burning is a form of symbolic speech, like it or not, and has been upheld by the US Supreme Court with ruling like Texas vs Johnson (491 U.S. 397) in 1989 & US vs Eichman (496 U.S. 310) in 1990. This is also why the Flag Desecration Amendment has yet to pass in the Senate. I agree with you that it is very offensive & I personally believe there are more appropriate methods to make a point; it is a person's unalienable right to show their ignorance and disrespect. As far as your Marine situation, I would hope he/she would not respond with violence. 9 out of 10 times that just feeds the protester's point (right or wrong). I would like to think that instead, they would stand proudly while reminding the protester, the ONLY reason the flag can be burned as symbolic speech is because of their service/sacrifice to protect the people's rights and keep our government a democracy.

The ability to burn our flag

By Dayna Hall

The ability to burn our flag in protest may be bogus to you, (and I hate the fact that our flags can be burned) but how can we say we are a free country if we are not allowed to burn our symbol of freedom in protest. Do i want our flags burnt........no..........but its our right........and when they start taking our rights away they won't just stop at one. JMHO

In addition to exercising

By James Flannery

In addition to exercising proper flag etiquette, people should also make sure to buy flags that are actually 100% manufactured in THE UNITED STATES.

Please know the glut of Made

By grfort

Please know the glut of Made In China flags has ended. Our Congress has created and passed a law that all national flags be Made In USA.

www.flaglady43.com/Patriotic.

By lindamc43

www.flaglady43.com/Patriotic.html
Is a song I wrote about the flag and the history is beneath it.

I was at a college

By GR

I was at a college commencement ceremony today. While the audience was seated and as the service began, the U.S. Flag was carried down an aisle and taken to the stage then placed in its stand. This was a time that no music was being played. The audience was not asked to 'stand'. Does flag protocol call for people to stand when the flag is carried into an auditorium?

Anytime the Flag is in an

By PKVolTN

Anytime the Flag is in an auditorium or stadium and is hoisted by the person carrying the flag, you should stand and stay standing until the Flag is either positioned in a stand or until the person carrying it lowers the staff back to the ground.

Not in the flag code, sorry/

By Stan Dupp on August 15

Not in the flag code, sorry/

Yes you DO stand for the

By grfort

Yes you DO stand for the national flag. People will follow your lead - next time STAND UP, face the flag as it enters, turn as it passes by.

The commentator wasn't aware of the request to stand else it would have been given.

God bless our flag and may

By murphyma

God bless our flag and may she fly until the end of time.

I thought we were always

By Person of the dude

I thought we were always supposed to keep the flag up, even in wet weather

I have one 16ft flag pole

By Dylan Bender

I have one 16ft flag pole flying the american flag and was looking to get a second one to fly the pow-mia flag. Can i have 2 flag poles and is there a specile they should be placed or can i only have 1 or 3. Please answer thanks so much!!! :)

Two adjacent flagpoles are

By Almanac Staff

Two adjacent flagpoles are fine. Or, you can fly both flags on one pole. For one pole: the U.S. flag should be on top and the POW/MIA flag directly below it.

For two poles: the U.S. flag should be displayed on the pole to the flag's own right (Note: The "flag's own right" is usually the observer's left, as s/he is looking at the flag from the most frequently viewed angle, such as a view from the street. So, for example, two flag poles located in the front yard of a house, as viewed from the street, would have the U.S. flag on the left pole and the POW/MIA flag on the right pole.) The POW/MIA flag, on the other pole, should not be higher than the U.S. flag.

In either case, the POW/MIA flag should be no larger than the U.S. flag.

Ummm. its just a piece of

By Paul Gangi

Ummm. its just a piece of cloth. i mean i understand what it stands for and i respect it but the stupid traditions are just a waste of time. i dont think is disrespectful if it gets a little tear or somthin. it actually makes it look cooler that way haha

IF you respect it as you say

By Patricia Mills

IF you respect it as you say then you would understand. True Americans & those who have fought for OUR freedom would disagree with you without hesitation. The next time you think of a ripped flag looks "cool", think of the mother clutching the folded flag at her son or daughter's grave & then think AGAIN!!!

Ah, so you are an

By susan emily

Ah, so you are an idiot..............Get out of the USA and try living where your type of humor will be appreciated. You are the "stupid" one!

While the flag is cloth, it

By grfort

While the flag is cloth, it is the representation of what it stands for that commands the respect it should be given (which is your right to do so or not - free speech). Traditions are not stupid but a means to remember/honor as well as to instill values, customs, beliefs and so on.

How lucky for you to live in this country and be able to think and express the thoughts you hold.

While it may be 'cloth' to you, the flag is a representation of the beliefs this nation holds dear as well as the trying times it endured successfully; think! whenever there were horrible moments in our history, someone somewhere raised the flag because it represents our nation - the line from the anthem "the flag was still there" means we will endure...think 9/11: the flag was still there; think any devastating force of nature: the flag was still there; think Boston Marathon: the flag was still there.

Paul Gangi - I hope you're just baiting people to respond.

Know what HONOR is,

By mark cappelmann

Know what HONOR is, apparently not!!

I saw a picture of a parade.

By John C

I saw a picture of a parade. All the folks were sitting in their chairs while Our Flag was passing. Except for one wheelchaired man who stood up to salute it's passing. WTF is wrong with this picture?

It was interesting reading

By jeltez42

It was interesting reading these comments. It is very clear that this is a very emotional topic. Flags were designed to tell groups of people apart. It gives a visual clue as to where "their" people are.

I do find the current flag worship/obsession to be cause for worry as they people have taken a normal behaviour and carried it to dangerous extremes. Of course we are going to treat our flag with respect - it represents our "group" and we are respectable people. And because it is a representation of our group; the group should control who gets to use the flag.

Where the trouble comes in is when people say they would die for the flag. I am willing to die to defend this country, but the flag? No, the flag is just a symbol. Another problem is when the worshipers/obsessed become abusive towards people who do not feel the same as they do or violate some flag rule.

I hope we can all keep this in perspective. The flag represents the USA and it represents citizens of the USA. It does need to be treated with respect, but not worshiped.

In war, it use to be an honor

By KyleinChinaSpring

In war, it use to be an honor to drop your weapon and recover the "colors" from a fallen comrade and carry it forth to battle.

When they say, "I will die

By Lolly

When they say, "I will die for the flag"--most probably--they are using a synecdoche wherein the use of the word 'flag' represents all that we know it symbolizes, such as freedom and the nation, etc.

It symbolizes New York and

By Stan Dupp on August 15

It symbolizes New York and all it stands for!


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