Monday, 4 July 2016
Fourth of July 2016: A guide for displaying the American flag
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Many Americans celebrate Independence Day by showing their patriotism and proudly displaying the U.S. flag, so we thought this would be a good time to review the guidelines for properly presenting Old Glory.
Here are the key things you need to know:
FLAGPOLE (IN THE GROUND)
When on a flagpole anchored in the ground, the flag should be raised briskly but lowered in a slow fashion. The flag should be unfurled and allowed to fly free during the day.
FLAGPOLE (FROM A HOUSE)
When on a flagpole coming from a house, the union of the flag should be higher than all other parts of the flag and placed at the highest point of the flagpole.
FROM A WINDOW
When displaying the flag from a window, the stars should be to the flag's own right (i.e. the left of the observer.)
ON A SINGLE LANYARD
When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the American flag above all other flags.
IN A ROW
When flags are displayed in a row, the American flag goes to the observer's left. Flags of other nations are flown at same height; state and local flags are traditionally flown lower.
IN A PARADE
When part of a parade with other flags, the U.S. flag should be to the observer's left.
TIME OF DAY
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
The flag should not be displayed in inclement weather unless an all-weather flag is being used.
The flag should never touch the ground or anything beneath it.
The U.S. flag should never be worn.