10 Rules When Displaying The U.S. Flag
While every American citizen should know the proper methods of handling and displaying “Old Glory”, as a timely reminder we offer the following:
- When the flag is displayed other than being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat.
- The Union (that portion which contains the 50 white stars in a blue field) should be uppermost, and to the flag’s own right (to the observer’s own left).
- When displayed over the middle of the street, as between buildings, the flag 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.
- Never use the flag as drapings. Use instead bunting.
- Do not place any other flag or pennant above or to the right of the flag of the United States.
- Do not let the flag touch the ground or floor, or trail in the water.
- Do not put any lettering of any kind upon the flag.
- Do not use the flag in any form of advertising, or attach any advertising sign to the pole from which the flag is flying.
- Do not display or display or fasten the flag in such manner that will allow it to be easily torn or damaged.
- Remember, the American flag represents a living country, and is itself considered as a living thing, and should be so treated.
For more information about the proper handling of the American flag, check out USFlag.org
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