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How to Display the American Flag

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How to Display the American Flag Intro

Show your love for this awesome Nation by learning how to display the American Flag and flying her proudly.

How to display the American Flag? This is something—a knowledge—every United States citizen should know.

Hundreds of thousands of brave women and men have died upholding the virtues of freedom she holds dear. She’s the glory and pride of our Nation—she’s our valiant ‘Stars and Stripes.’ She’s a beacon of freedom around the world, and therefore, we should all learn how to display the American Flag respectfully.

Most of us will never serve in our military, and even fewer of us will ever serve in government, but there’s ONE way in which we ALL can express our patriotism—fly the ‘Red, White, and Blue.'

How to display the American Flag? Unlike outdoor banners and decorative flags, there’s a certain protocol for displaying ‘Old Glory’ outside our homes, and that’s what this article is all about - how to display the American Flag properly.

The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” ---U.S. Flag Code

How to display the American Flag? There are certain key items that you’ll need.

Weather resistant ‘Stars and Stripes

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A flagpole which will attach to a bracket mounted

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to the outside of your home or

A flagpole cemented into the ground or

Other hooks and hardware to hang ‘Old Glory’ from a porch, stoop, window, etc. outside your home


How to display the American Flag

Never let the ‘Stars and Stripes’ touch the ground, the floor, or water.

Fly the ‘Red, White, and Blue’ with the Union (the white stars) in the upper left hand corner. (This would be to your left side as you’re hanging the American Flag.) And never fly the American Flag upside down, unless you're in dire distress.

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Take ‘Old Glory’ down at dark, unless you have a spotlight to shine upon her at night.

Fly no flags higher than the ‘Stars and Stripes.’ If you have multiple flagpoles, of equal height, cemented into your yard, and you’re displaying the American Flag as well as other flags, like a State Flag, the American Flag should always be flown to the left as you face the poles. If, however, one of the poles is higher than the rest, the American Flag is to be flown from that pole.



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Fly 'Old Glory' at half-staff on days decreed. This would, however, only work if you have one of the tall flagpoles cemented into your yard. For those who have the poles attached to their home, fly the American Flag as you always do.

Store the ‘Red, White, and Blue’ off the floor when not in use. One option for storage would be to drape it over a curtain rod that you’ve installed on the wall of your garage for this purpose.

Fly the ‘Stars and Stripes’ everyday. If you’re unable to fly it everyday, then please be sure to do so on special days, as stated in the U.S. Flag Code.

These days include:

New Year’s Day

Inauguration Day

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Lincoln’s Birthday

Washington’s Birthday

Easter Sunday

Mother’s Day

Armed Forces Day

Memorial Day

Flag Day

Father’s Day

4th of July

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Labor Day

Constitution Day

Columbus Day

Navy Day

Veterans Day



Any other days dictated by the President of the United States.

State Birthdays

State Holidays

On other days, the U.S. Flag Code instructs that the American Flag is to be flown at half-staff. These days include:

Peace Officers Memorial Day (sunrise to sunset)

Memorial Day (until Noon)

Patriot Day (September 11; sunrise to sunset)

First Sunday in October (Fire Prevention Week; sunrise to sunset)

December 7 (National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; sunrise to sunset).

If you’ve enjoyed reading about how to display the American Flag, then please come back again soon and lookout for other patriotic articles to come.


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Jun 23, 2011 10:26am
Great article on "How to Display the American Flag." Good reminder to everyone on how and when to fly 'Old Glory." Thanks for sharing.
Jun 25, 2011 5:51pm
As the mother of an Army man you are spot on with your information on how to display the American Flag. Thank you for a well done, well written article.
Jun 26, 2011 1:17am
Thank you so much for this wonderful article on how to display the American Flag. It is a great reminder!
Oct 21, 2011 12:07am
This is important information. I learned how to display a flag as a little child.
Jan 2, 2012 1:10am
I'm glad to find your article on the proper display of the American flag. I'm sharing on Twitter and Facebook. I've noticed many well-intentioned folks who proudly display the flag, but neglect to take it down at night or illuminate it.
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