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Top 10 Rules for Flying the American Flag

Posted by Alan J. Duro on Aug 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

When it comes to the American flag, there are a number of flag flying rules that must be obeyed. With Memorial Day just behind us it's always good to review some common rules so that we're ready for next year. These flag regulations mainly involve treating the U.S. flag with dignity and respect. But what are these rules? Here are the top 10 American Flag Tips:

Top 10 Rules for flying the American Flag     American Flag


1.) The U.S. flag should always be flown above any other flag and should be larger than any other flag in a display.


2.) The flag should always be at full mast unless it's at half staff. When half staff is called for, the flag should be briefly raised to full staff and then lowered to the half staff position. On lowering, it should be raised to full staff briefly and then lowered completely. On Memorial Day, the flag is at half staff from sunup until noon and then at full staff until sundown.


3.) The flag should never be flown at night unless it's lit.


4.) The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground.


5.) When necessary, flag care such as flag cleaning or mending should be performed.


6.) If the flag becomes worn or faded beyond repair, it should be destroyed by burning in a respectful manner. American Legion, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts regularly provide dignified flag burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day (June 14).


7.) A flag should always be displayed with the union (blue star field) at the top, whether the flag is vertical or horizontal with the field to the observer's left. The only time it should be flown upside down is as a sign of distress.


8.) The flag should only be used as a drape or decoration on a casket with the union at the top left shoulder of the deceased.


9.) The American flag should always be displayed to the center or right of the bearer or speaker.


10.) When raising the flag, it should be raised briskly, and upon lowering it, should be lowered slowly.


Now that you know what our most important flag regulations are, you're ready to use one at your home, organization or business. Checkout our blog post on how to fold a flag for information on the correct way to fold the American flag once you've lowered it. At Accent Banner, we're always happy to help with your flag-related questions and concerns. Please contact us for more information or to purchase a high-quality custom flag for your needs.


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Topics: flag care, American flag, Flag Ettiquette

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