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How to Display the Flag of the United States of America


When displayed from a staff in a meeting hall or church, the US flag should hold the position of superior prominence in advance of the audience and to the speaker's right as he faces the audience.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.

If displayed flat on the speaker's platform, the flag should be displayed above and behind the speaker.

In a two flag table display set, the US flag should be on the speaker's right with any other flag to the left.

In a parade if there is a line of other flags, the US flag should be on the marching right, or in front of the center of that line.  The US flag should not be displayed on a float, except from a staff and should not be draped over the hood, top or sides of a vehicle, but from a staff affixed to the right fender.

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, on the right of the American flag.

When flags of states, cities or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard, the American flag should always be at the peak.

When flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.

When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be of the same size and flown from separate staffs of the same height.

The American flag should never be displayed with its union down, except as a signal of dire distress.

The US flag should never touch anything beneath it, be used as bedding or drapery, be used as covering for a ceiling, or have any design or words on it or attached to it.

The US flag should not be used as wearing apparel, or as part of a costume or athletic uniform.  However, a US flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.

An American flag lapel pin should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

(Source: 36 US Code, Sec 175, 176)



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