According to the United States Flag Code, our flag is the ultimate symbol of a living country therefore the flag itself should be treated as if it is a living being. There are strict rules as to how and when the flag should be displayed and looked after.
The Flag Code outlines the following:
The flag should be raised briskly but lowered gently.
The flag is never allowed to touch floor or ground as it is disrespectful.
The flag should not be flown in bad weather conditions unless it’s made of resistant material.
Flags can only be flown from dawn to dusk; the only time a flag is permitted to fly at night is when it’s lit up.
The flag should only be used for the purpose of flying (not carrying, storing, delivering, etc.)
The flag should only be displayed upside down to indicate an emergency.
When flags are displayed over the sidewalk using a rope extension, the stars representing the 50 states should always be displayed away from the building.
When the flag is displayed on a street that goes from east to west, the stars should face the north.
When the flag is displayed on a street that goes from north to south, the stars should face the east.
If the US flag is displayed alongside other non-national flags, it should be positioned in the middle, higher than the other flags in the group.
When the flag is being flown alongside flags of other nations, all the flags should be of the same size and height.
When the flag is used to cover a casket, the stars should be positioned above the head and on the left side shoulder. The flag should never be lowered in the grave and/or touch the ground.
When a flag is displayed on a podium, it should always be positioned above and behind the presenter, or to their right as they address the audience.
When the flag is displayed against the wall (vertically or horizontally), the blue field should only be positioned to the right of the flag (observer’s left).
When the flag is suspended on top of a corridor or in a window, the flag should always hand with the union on the observer’s left.
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