How to Display the American Flag
- 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.
- 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,
- 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).
- 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.
- Displaying the American flag in a window: Place the blue
union in the upper left, as viewed from the street.
- It is customary to display the flag on buildings and
stationary flagstaffs only from sunrise to sunset in the open.
- The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally,
but always in the air or free.
- The flag should not be displayed on inclement weather
days, except when an all-weather flag is used.
- The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main
administration building at every public institution.
- The flag should not touch anything below it, such as
the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.
- The flag should never be fastened , displayed, used or
stored in such a manner to allow it to be easily torn, soiled or damaged in