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American Flag

How to Show the Colors

It upsets me to see a U.S. flag dragging from the back of a pickup or whipping to tatters in the mile-a-minute wind. Here are the ways you can respectfully fly the flag.

Proper U.S. Flag Display

• The U.S. Flag should always be raised briskly to its peak during sunrise, and then lowered slowly and removed carefully during sunset.

• The American flag may be displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. • On a single staff or lanyard, the U.S. Flag must fly above all other flags.

• The American Flag is always the first flag raised and the last flag lowered.

• Flags of other nations are flown at the same height as Old Glory.

• State, local and organizational flags should always be positioned lower than the U.S. Flag.


Improper U.S. Flag Display

• The U.S. Flag should never touch the ground or any other object when it’s detached from the flagpole.

• Displaying the flag upside down is never appropriate unless it’s being used to send a distress signal.

• The flag should not be used as drapery (i.e., covering a speaker’s desk, platform, podium, etc.). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes.

• Damaged flags should be mended before displaying.

To get right to the source, go here for the U.S. Flag Code.

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