•The United States Flag Code adopted by Congress provides the rules forhonoring and displaying the flag. The code itself states: “The flagrepresents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” For thisreason, it should be given the fullest respect.•The flag of the United States of America should be flown every day whenweather permits. If made of weather-resistant material, it can be flownaround the clock in any weather if properly illuminated.•The flag should be displayed on or near administrative buildings of publicinstitutions and in or near polling places and schoolhouses.•The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should beeither on the marching right
that is, the flag’s own right
or, if there is aline of other flags, in front of the center of that line.•The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff.•The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicleorof a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar,the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.•No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level,tothe right of the flag of the United States, except during church servicesconducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may beflown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy.•No person should display the flag of the United Nations or any othernational or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superiorprominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any area within the U.S., or any territory or possession thereof.•The flag of the United States, when it is displayed with another flag againstawall from crossed staffs, should be on the right
the flag’s own right
and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.•The flag of the United States should be at the center and at the highestpoint of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or pennantsofsocieties are grouped and displayed from the staffs.•When flags of states, cities or localities, or pennants of societies, are flownon the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter shouldalways be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flagof the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag orpennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to its right.•When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown fromseparate staffs of the same height. The flags should be approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nationabove that of another nation in time of peace.•When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an anglefrom the windowsill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flagshould be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, it should be hoisted out, unionfirst, from the building.•When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the unionshould be uppermost and to the flag’s own right
that is, to the observer’sleft. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the sameway, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.•When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should besuspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street,or to the east in a north and south street.•When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should bedisplayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in achurch or public auditorium, the flag should hold the position of superiorprominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at theclergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag sodisplayed should be placed at the left of the clergyman or speaker or to theright of the audience.•The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling astatue or monument, but never as a covering for a statue or monument.•When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that theunion is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not belowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.•When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of theflag to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than onemain entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of thecorridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the eastand west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If thereare entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
The flag should especially be flown on thefollowing days:
•New Year’s Day, Jan. 1•Inauguration Day, Jan. 20•Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12•Washington’s Birthday, Feb. 22•President’s Day, third Monday in February •Easter Sunday (variable)•Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May •Armed Forces Day, third Sunday in May •Memorial Day, May 30•Observed Memorial Day, last Monday in May •Flag Day, June 14•Father’s Day, third Sunday in June•Independence Day, July 4•Labor Day, first Monday in September•Constitution Day, Sept. 17•Columbus Day, Oct. 12•Discoverer’s Day, second Monday in October•Navy Day, Oct. 27•Marine Corps Birthday, Nov. 10•Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11•Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November•Christmas Day, Dec. 25•Joy is indicated by flying the flag at full staff. You hoist itbriskly in the morning, but not earlier than sunrise. Youlower it slowly in the evening, but not later than sunset.•Mourning is indicated by flying the flag at half-staff. Youhoist it to the peak first, hold it there for an instant, andthen lower it to half-staff
one-half the distance betweenthe top and the bottom of the staff. When ready to take itdown, you first raise it to the peak and then lower slowly.•On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, and then raised to the top of thestaff for the remainder of the day.•By order of the President of the United States, the flagshall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principalfigures of the United States government and the governorof a state, territory, or possession, as a mark of respectfor his/her memory.•In the event of the death of other officials or foreigndignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or inaccordance with recognized customs or practices notinconsistent with law.•In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States, the governor of that state, territory, orpossession may proclaim that the national flag shall beflown at half-staff.•The flag shall be flown at half-staff 30 days from the deathof the President or a former President; 10 days from theday of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or aretired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speakerof the House of Representatives; from the day of deathuntil interment of a former Vice President, or the governorof a state, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a member of Congress.
OFFICIAL FLAG ETIQUETTEOFFICIAL RULES FOR RAISING/LOWERING FLAG