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How to Properly Display Your American Flag

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On patriotic holidays and other special occasions that honor our veterans, many Americans proudly unfold our country’s flag and let it fly. 

In case you were wondering how to properly display your flag, see the tips below from the United States government.

How to Properly Display a Flag:

  • Display your flag from sunrise to sunset, unless it’s illuminated at night.
  • Should not be subject to inclement weather — rain, snow and windstorms — unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • Should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • When carried in procession with other flags, it should be either on the flag’s right or to the front and center of the flag line.
  • Should not be draped over a vehicle in a parade. Instead, it should be fixed firmly on the right side of a vehicle.
  • In a group of flags displayed from staffs, it should always be at the center and at the highest point.
  • When displayed from a staff projecting from a building, the union should be at the peak.
  • When flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, it must be at the top.
  • When displayed against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the observer’s left.
  • Should never be used as a covering for a statue or a monument.
  • Should never be displayed with the union down.
  • Should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, floor or water.
  • Should never be used as apparel, bedding or drapery.
  • When it is no longer a fitting emblem for display (worn or soiled), it should be destroyed, preferably by burning.

If you’re looking for red, white and blue DIY ideas and projects, read on.


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