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Etiquette Tips for Flying the U.S. Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Dec 9, 2014 11:22:00 AM

1. When the flag of the United States of America is displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union (stars) should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right (left, to the observer). When displayed in a window, the flag should be hung in the same way, with the union to the left, as viewed from the street.

No other flag or pennant should be placed above, or, if on the same level, to the right (the flag’s own right) of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea for personnel of the Navy. On such occassions, a church pennant may be flown above the flag.



No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the U.S. Flag at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof, except at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City. Here it is standard practice to display the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor with that of the flag of the United States.

2. When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak.

3. When flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s own right (left to the observer).




4. When the flag of the United States of America is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, it should be positioned on the left (the flags own right), with its staff in front of the staff of the other flag.







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




6. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.




 If you're interested in learning more about flying a hybrid or applique flag outdoors, then take a look at our 5 flag etiquette tips for outdoor flags blog post to learn more. 


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