How to Display Multiple Flags

Posted by Accent Banner on Jul 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM

If you have several flags you wish to display, it's important to display them properly. The basic rules for displaying multiple flags in the United States take the following order from left to right:

  • National flags first, followed by
  • State flags, followed by
  • Territory flags, followed by
  • Military flags


Here are the basic rules for displaying each of these flags:


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If you are displaying several national flags, you should display the United States flag first, followed by any other national flags in alphabetical order. For example: if you have flags for Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and the United States, you would put them in the following order (again from left to right when viewing the flags): United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Ireland. The United States flag is put in the most prominent position. If you are flying flags from several different countries during peacetime, all other country flags must be the same size and flown at the same height.

If the flags are to be flown in a circle or group of poles, the United States flag is always in the center and higher than any other flag, other than national flags. If you are displaying several flags on one pole (no other national flags are allowed), the United States flag must be in the highest position. If you wish to display the United States flag on something other than a flag pole, it needs to be displayed flat in a prominent place with the stars on the viewer's upper left hand corner.


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Displaying State and Territory Flags

The most prominent state flag should be the state the flag is flying, followed by each state, and then each territory, as they were admitted into the Union.


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Displaying Military Flags

Military flags are displayed in the order when that branch of service was founded. The order should go:

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • Any other group


To learn more about the correct ways to display and maintain flags and banners take a look at our other flag care and flag maintenance pages and posts at Our specialists are happy to assist you with any flag care questions you may have.

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Flag Cleaning 101: How to Wash a Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Jul 11, 2017 8:09:00 AM

 Flag Cleaning 101: How to Wash a Flag

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We often hang flags to proclaim our patriotic spirit. This is especially true for retired veterans or those who have loved ones serving in the military or armed forces. An American flag can be particularly tricky to wash and can pose a problem when trying to successfully complete flag cleaning on all the different colors at once. Red, white and blue lying together in one inseparable panel can cause the blue or red dye to bleed onto the white. This is not just a problem with an American flag; it is a problem with any flag that has light and dark colors. 

Innevitably a flag with become dirty or weathered from continured usage. Try to follow the steps below to learn how to successfully wash a flag of different materials.





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Polyester, Nylon, or Synthetic Flag Cleaning

Polyester, nylon or other synthetic fabrics are generally safe to wash in a machine. Set the washing machine on the gentle cycle with warm water. Add a mild liquid laundry detergent to the wash water. You can also hand wash the flag with a mild liquid detergent made for delicate items. Hang the flag to dry on a breezy day, out of the sun. The water will intensify the sun and cause fading.


Cotton or Wool Flag Cleaning

Cotton and wool flags aer more fragile and willl usually require professional cleaning by a dry cleaner. Haing them handled professionally helps to keep the colors from bleeding. Choose a dry cleaner if you do not have the washing instructions or if the flag has value to you just to be on the safe side. If you choose, you can attempt to wash it yourself. Hand wash the flag in cold water with a mild liquid laundry detergent. Rinse it in cold water and then hang to dry or lay flat to dry.

  (Above: Flag Fading From Wear)



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Flag Cleaning Tips

  • Ideally you should take your flag inside during rain, snow or sleet to make it last longer. However as this is not always possible there are materials such as Sunbrella that can offer outdoor protection.
  • Consider having a sentimental flag professionally preserved and sealed in a display case to prevent damage. You can buy these casings online or directly through Accent Banner.
  • Always check tags or packaging instructions for acceptable washing methods and water temperatures.

Flag Cleaning Warnings

  • Wind is harsh and can roughen and split edges and seams; which leads to fraying. So try not fly a flag on a very windy day. 
  • Always let the flag dry completely before storing it away for an extended period of time. A stored wet flag will rot, fall apart or grow mold and mildew. Fully dry out your flag before storage.


To learn more about flag maintainance, flag cleaning, flag installation, or to receive a custom quote please contact the professionals at Accent Banner. We're happy to instruct you over the phone with suggestions or to get you a free custom quote for any flag or banner related project you may be looking to undertake. We can also offer flag washing and flag repair services for you. Click the buttonn below to request a free quote on these services.

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How to Fold a Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Dec 19, 2016 9:21:00 AM


how to fold a flag

Folding a flag the correct way is an important part of or military and country's hertigage. In order to complete this task in the correct and respectful way you'll need to know how to do it right. Special care should be taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The Flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, which is actually emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the War for Independence.

In the folding, each step has meaning and should be carried out in a professional way. We've put together a quick step by step guide on how to fold a flag so you can be fully prepared next time you're given this important task.




How to fold the Flag


Step 1


To properly fold the Flag you'll want to have another person with you to help. You'll begin by holding it waist-high with the other person so that its surface is flat and parallel to the ground.




Step 2


Simultanteously you'll then fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely ensuring a smooth fold. This effectively folds the flag in 1/2.




Step 3


You'll then want to fold the flag one more time lengthwise with the blue field on the outside of the new fold.While folding make sure that the flag is taut and the folds are all as smooth as possible without wrinkles.




Step 4


Now that you have the flag folded into a slim version you'll want to start making triangular folds. Make the first fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag (see diagram for pictures of open verses folded).



Step 5


After this first fold you'll want to turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.




Step 6


Using this method you'll then continue the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner. 



Step 7


When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible as shown in the diagram above. This triangle is often stored or even encased in a glass box to be displayed inside or until it's ready to be unfolded and flown again. 


Learn more about flag maintainance, flag repair, and flagpole repair from other pages on our site. The flag care professionals at Accent Banner and more than willing to help you through any stage of the flag care and treatment process. If you find that you have a flag project that is too big for you to take on, such as a full flagpole installation, please call our on-site professionals to get a free quote before attempting such as task yourself. 


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