Another daily reminder to get that flag out. You don’t have to wait till Saturday to fly it. Here are some flag flying rules:
To fly it at half-staff if you have a flag pole:
- To fly your flag half-staff, first hoist it to the peak, then lower it to the half-staff position.
- On Memorial Day fly your flag at half-staff until noon, then raise it back to the top.
- Fly your flag at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless it is also Armed Forces Day.
- The President can order that the flag be flown half-staff at any time and for any duration of time.
- It is also appropriate to fly your flag at half-staff on:
- Patriot Day (September 11)
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7)
To hang the flag vertical from a window or building:
When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall,
the union(the blue field) should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to
the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be
displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of
the observer in the street.
- The American Flag can’t be draped over anything or used as a covering. It shouldn’t touch anything beneath it. The only time the flag can be used as a covering is for a casket. This is common practice for the funerals of servicemen, veterans and government officials.
- Don’t draw the flag into folds. It should always be able to fall free.
- Never use the flag or its image to advertise products or merchandise. The only instance where it may be used in advertisement is when the product advertised is an American Flag.
- The flag can be displayed behind a speaker, but it cannot be used to decorate a platform or stage.
- In a church or auditorium, if a flag is displayed on a staff, it should be located to the speaker’s right as he/she faces the audience.
- Don’t wear the flag as clothing or use it as bedding or drapery.
- A flag patch or pin may be worn by military personnel, policemen, firemen, and members of patriotic organizations. It should be placed near the heart.
- Do not use the flag or its image to wrap a gift or to carry anything.
- The flag shouldn’t be marked with designs, drawings, letters, words or anything else.
- It is acceptable to add gold or yellow fringe around the border of a flag as long as nothing is added to the body.
- Representations of the flag shouldn’t be printed or embroidered on paper products or anything else meant for temporary use and disposal.