FLAG ETIQUETTE


              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

             When marching...
             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.

             Half-mast...
             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.

             Upside down...
             An upside-down flag is considered a distress signal.

                      DISPLAYING THE FLAG INDOORS

             Multiple staffs...
             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
 
 

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