How to Display the American Flag


  1. Displaying the American flag with another flag: If the flags are hanging from a crossed wall and the flagstaffs are crossed, the American flag should be displayed on the right (spectator’s left), and its staff should be in front of the other flag’s staff.
  2. Displaying the American flag at half-staff: When raising the flag to a half-staff position, it should be hoisted briskly to the peak, just for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. Before the flag is lowered at the end of the day, it should once again be pulled to the peak of the staff. When lowering the flag, it should be hoisted ceremoniously, not briskly.
  3. Displaying the American flag without being flown from a staff: The flag should be displayed flat, whether indoors or outside. If displaying the flag horizontally or vertically against a wall or in a window, the blue field should be topmost and to the flag’s right (viewers left).
  4. Displaying the American flag on an automobile: the flagstaff should be attached firmly to the framework or clamped to the right fender of the vehicle.
  5. Displaying the American flag in a window: Place the blue union in the upper left, as viewed from the street.