Never use a flag as
a decoration – use bunting.
SALUTING THE FLAG
Salute the flag...
When it is six paces from the viewer and hold it until the flag has
passed six paces beyond. Salute the flag at the first note of the
National Anthem and hold the salute until the last note is played.
When in civilian attire...
MEN remove hats and hold at left shoulder with hand over heart;
without hat, place right hand, palm open, over heart.
WOMEN should place right hand, palm open, over heart.
When in athletic clothing, face the flag or music, remove hat or cap
and stand at attention; a hand salute is not given.
CARRYING THE FLAG
Carry the flag on the right in any procession or parade. If there
are many other flags, carry the flag in the front center position.
If you are carrying a flag...
Hold the flag at a slight angle from your body. You can also carry it
with one hand and rest it on your right shoulder.
DISPLAYING THE FLAG OUTDOORS
On a vehicle...
Attach the flag to the antenna or clamp the flagstaff to the right
fender. Do not lay the flag over the vehicle.
On a building...
Hang the flag on a staff or on a rope over the sidewalk with the
stars away from the building.
Over the street...
Hang the flag with the stars to the east on a north- south street
or north on an east-west street.
Above other flags...
Hang the flag above any other flag on the same pole.
Other flags, separate poles...
Hang all flags on equal poles. Hang the U.S. flag on its own right,
hoist it first and lower it last.
In a window...
Hang the flag vertically with the stars to the left of anyone looking
at it from the street.
This is a sign of mourning. Raise the flag to the top of the pole
then lower it to the half way point. Before lowering the flag, raise it
to the top again at the end of the day.
An upside-down flag is considered a distress signal.
DISPLAYING THE FLAG INDOORS
If you display the flag on a staff with other flags around it, place
the flag at the center and highest point. Crossed staffs - Keep the
flagstaff higher and on its own right.
Behind a speaker...
The flag may be hung, either horizontally or vertically, flat on the
wall with stars at the upper left. Do not decorate the podium or table
with the flag. Use bunting for decoration.
Next to a speaker...
Place the flag in a stand on the speaker’s right. Use the same
placement for a religious service.
In a hall or lobby...
Hang the flag vertically across from the main entrance with the
stars to the left of anyone coming through the door.
On a casket...
Drape the flag with its canton at the head and over the left
shoulder of the body. Do not lower the flag into the grave.
This information was obtained from: Our Flag, U.S. Congress