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FREQUENTLY ASKED FLAG QUESTIONS

  • Can I leave the American flag up at night?
       This is probably the question we are asked most often. The answer is YES. If a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The Flag Code does not specify what "proper illumination" is. Although spotlighting the flag is best, it is generally accepted that ambient lighting, such as in a parking lot, is OK if the colors of the flag are visible.
  • What is the proper way to display the U.S. flag?

    (Single pole)
      To display the flag from a single flagpole, the U.S. flag should be at the peak, in a place of    prominence above  the flag of a State or municipality.

    (Multiple poles)
        When flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. The U.S. flag should fly on its' own right, or the viewer's left when facing the building. No flag shall be displayed above the U.S. flag, but should be at equal height. If multiple national flags are flown from adjacent staffs, they should be of equal size, and arranged alphabetically from the left of the U.S. flag.

    (Against a wall)
        When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, (the viewers left).

    (Proper Order of flags)
       The U.S. flag should be followed by any other National flag, then the State flag, Municipal flag, and corporate. If multiple National or State flags are flown, they should be arranged, viewers left to right, alphabetically. By international protocol, National flags are considered to be of higher status than state flags, State before County, County prior to local municipality, with corporate, organizational or personal flags at the end of the display.
  • How do I display the flag at half mast?
       The flag should first be raised to the peak of the pole, held there for an instant, then lowered to the half staff position. At the end of the day, the flag should again be raised to the peak before being lowered.
  • Flag Holidays
       
    The following days are generally considered Flag Holiday's:
    President's Day, Feb. 18; Peace Officer's Memorial Day (half staff), May 15; Armed Forces Day, 3rd sat. in May; Memorial Day, last Mon. in May; Flag Day, June 14; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, 1st Mon. in Sept; Patriot Day (half staff), Sept. 11; Veterans Day, Nov.11 
  • When should I fly the flag at half staff?
       In addition to the days listed above, the flag should be flown at half staff: By order of the President upon: the death of a principal figure of the United States Government, a Governor of a State, Territory, or Possession. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitary, the flag shall be flown at half-staff according to Presidential instructions.
        The Governor of a State, Territory or Possession may order the National flag flown at half staff in that State upon the death of a past or present official of that government.
  • What about Memorial Day?
       The flag should be displayed at half staff as above, but only until Noon. At noon, the flag should be raised to the top of the pole.
  • Visit our Half-staff page.
        We will post any orders to fly the Flag at half-staff, issued by an appropriate official, as soon as we become aware of them.  
    Go to
    half-staff page.
  • Where is the U.S. flag never flown at Half-staff?
        We are asked this question frequently. Two answers are: On the Moon and In Battle.
  • What are the correct terms for the parts that make up a flag or flagpole?
       
     FLAGS:
            The end closest to the pole is called the hoist end.
            The end farthest from the pole is the fly end.
            The blue area of the U.S. flag is called the field.
        Flagpoles:
            The ornament at the top is called the Finial.
            The pulley housing is called a truck.
            The rope is known as the halyard.
            The item used to tie off the halyard is a cleat.
  • What is the Proper Way to Dispose of a U.S. flag?
       
    The correct way to dispose of a U.S. flag is by burning. If burning is not feasible, it is appropriate to place the flag out for collection if the field is first cut from the flag. If you wish to have your flag disposed of properly, you may send it to us (address below) via mail or UPS. We provide the local Scouting Organizations with old flags, so that they may teach the younger Scouts the ceremony associated with the burning process.
For further information about the U.S. flag, or any other flag questions, please feel free Contact Us.
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