Etiquette for Flying the American Flag

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Flying the American flag outside your business can show your support of the U.S. and the military troops serving around the world. There are some basic flag etiquette to be aware of when flying an American flag to show proper respect. Here are a few tips as you are handling and displaying the flag for those just starting off flying “Old Glory”.

  • If you have other flags on the same commercial flagpole, the American flag is to be above any other flag.
  • Do not let the flag touch the ground.
  • Follow instructions from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the proper disposal of flags. If you cannot dispose of an American flag properly, contact your local VA office for it to be disposed of properly.
  • Only fly the flag at half-staff on special days. This includes on Memorial Day: fly the flag at half-staff in the morning. At noon then raise it quickly to full staff to recognize the battle heroes. When a The president can order the flag upon the death of an official, former official or foreign dignitaries as well as at the time of other tragic events.

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* There are many other specifics about when the American flag is flown at half-staff. You can read more details here or get notifications from Halfstaff.org about when the American flag your state’s flag should be flown at half-staff.


Sources: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and The Veterans Of Foreign Wars


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