Facts About The American Flag

The American flag flies proudly across the nation, from homes to car antennas and unexpected places. We need to show proper respect and not take it lightly because it represents the liberties that we have. 

Here are a few tips on displaying Old Glory.

On An Automobile: Tie or clamp the flag to the antenna or clamp the flagstaff to the right fender. Do not drape the flag over a car. Take the flag down at night.

In A Window: Hang the flag vertically with its canton, the blue field of stars, at the top and to the left of anyone who sees it from outside.

Outside A Building Or Home: When the flag is displayed from a staff coming from a window, balcony or building, the canton should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. It should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset, unless it is illuminated.

In A Corridor or Lobby: Hang the flag vertically opposite the main entrance with its canton to the left of a person coming through the door.

With Other Flags: When several flags are flown from the same pole, the U.S. flag should always be on top. Flags of other nations should be on separate poles. One national flag should never be hung above another in time of peace.

On A Wall: When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the canton should be at the top, and on the observer's left.


Flag Don'ts

Flags should not be sewn onto pants or shorts. But it's OK to sew a patch of the U.S. flag -- much like law enforcement officers do -- onto a shirt sleeve. You also should NOT:

  • Let the flag touch the ground.
  • Use the flag as a covering.
  • Place anything on it or attach anything to it.
  • Use any part of the flag as a costume or athletic uniform.


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