American Flag Display
The American flag is a powerful living symbol for all Americans. Learn how to display it properly by following appropriate flag ettiquette.
According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag as having the following meaning: stars taken from the sky; red from the British flag colors; white signifying secession from Britain.
The flag is normally flown from susrise to sunset. By Executive Order, the flag can be flown 24 hours a day at some locations around the country. The list includes the Washington Monument, The Betsy Ross House, The White House and other important sites. The flag should not be flown in rain or snow.
It is considered disrespectful to wear the flag on clothing or as a costume. The flag should not be used in unveiling ceremonies for statues or monuments.
The flag should never be flown upside down. If you own a flag, make sure that it doesn't become soiled or torn. The flag should not touch the ground or water.
When a flag passes by in a parade, hats should be removed and held over the heart in the right hand.
It is considered appropriate to salute the flag. When the national anthem is played, everyone should rise and remain standing until it is finished.
When displayed over the middle of a street, the flag should be flown vertically with the blue field to the north in an east-west street or, if the street runs north-south, the blue field should be to the east.
If flying the flag from a pole mounted on a window sill, the field of blue should be at the top of the staff. If the flag is not being flown from a pole, it should be flat wheter it is indoors or outdoors.
When other flags, such as state flags, are flown on the same flagpole, the national flag should be the highest. No flag may be placed above the flag of the USA.
If you have a flag that is worn and no longer usable, it must be disposed of through burning. Your local American Legion chapter can assist with the proper disposal of the American Flag.