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Honor our nation's flag by practicing proper etiquette
By Cynthia Timberlake
Released/Published: Jun 15, 2009

The American flag means many things to many people. It symbolizes the freedom to make our own decisions, the ability to choose the paths we wish to take, the opportunity to follow our dreams, and so much more. As you see the stars and stripes displayed around town, or if you wish to fly your own flag, keep in mind these rules that will help to properly show your patriotism to our nation.

- When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.


- 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. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

Hanging Flags

- When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard (pole) with the flag of the United States, the American flag should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.
Following these simple rules can assure that you show proper respect to our great country and those that gave their lives to protect our freedoms.

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*The bulleted text and pictures are reproduced in thier entirety from "Our Flag," printed under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing - United States Senate 109th Congress, 2nd Session July 18, 2006.

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