Displaying the US Flag

Honor and respect our country's flag by following these steps when displaying the US Flag.

This information is from a brochure published by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) entitled When and How to Fly the United States Flag.

How To Fly The United States Flag

Ten Guidelines

  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

  • The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or the floor.

  • When hung over a sidewalk on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.

  • When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in a north/south street.

  • The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

  • The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds but always allowed to fall free.

  • The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day and then raised to the top of the staff.

  • Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

  • The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.

  • The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.

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