How to Display a Military Service Flag Properly

August 30, 2019 2 min read

Our soldiers are the true nobility of our country. They stand up for our rights, our freedom, beliefs, and our values. They fight on the frontlines to ensure our safety and our well-being.

But they’re not just soldiers. They’re also citizens—citizens of the highest order. They’re the reason we’re able to sleep peacefully at night, knowing that we’re safe; knowing that we have nothing to fear.

If you want to display the military flag to show appreciation for our soldiers, there are certain rules you must follow. As per the Federal Code of Conduct, anyone who wishes to display the American flag or military service flag must follow these rules:

Display the American Flag First

If you plan to display both the American and military flag, know that you need to display the American flag first. As per the Federal Code, the American flag comes before the military one.

It should be displayed furthest to the left and the military flag should be displayed furthest to the right of the U.S. flag.

Don’t Let the Flag Touch the Ground

The rule of thumb for displaying the military and U.S. flag is that the flag should not touch the ground. It shouldn’t be displayed upside down.

Displaying the military and U.S. flag upside down is only allowed when you want to send a distress signal.


The Flag Should Be Displayed on Top of a Mast

The flag should be displayed on top of a mast. If you don’t have one, you need to invest in a flagpole.

As mentioned previously, don’t let the flag touch the ground. It’s considered disrespectful and goes against the Code of Conduct.

You can go through this article published by Courier Journal to learn more about the etiquettes of displaying the American and military flag.

Fly the Flag during Specific Holidays

You can fly the American flag almost any day of the year but when it comes to military flags, you need to fly them during specific holidays.

The days the military flag can be displayed are:

-Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on December 7th. 

-Peace Officer's Memorial Day on May 15th. 

-Patriot Day on September 11th. 

-Memorial Day on the last Monday in May (but only until noon.)

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