When Displayed over a street, the flag should be hung vertically with the union to the north or east.
When a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display, the flag of the United States should be positioned at the center and highest point of the group.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is positioned to it own right. The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger or positioned higher than the flag of the United States. The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When displayed against a wall vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be to the top, to the flags own right.
When displayed from the same flagpole with another flag of a state, community or society, the flag of the United States must always be at the top. Only the church pennant may be flown above the flad during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When displayed a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the flags union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is flown at half staff.
When on display, the flag of the United States is always positioned to its own right. It should be placed to the right of the speaker, staging area or any other flags in the immediate area.

Standards of Respect

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should never be used as drapery, or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such article as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
  • The flag should not be used as a part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform or military personal, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark insignia, letter, work, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

Do You Know?

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

The 5th fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.

The 6th fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nations motto, "In God We Trust."

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you'll see flags folded and now you will know why.

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