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U.S. Flag Etiquette & Facts

Color Meanings

Red: Stands for hardiness and courage.
White: Is the symbol of purity and innocence.
Blue: Is the color of vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Traditional Dates to Display the U.S. Flag

New Year's Day, January 1
Martin Luther King Day, third Monday in January
Inauguration Day, January 20 (every four years)
Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
Easter Monday, (variable)
Army Day, April 6
V-E Day, May 8
Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day, third Sunday in May
Memorial Day (half staff until noon), last Monday in May
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, first Monday in September
V-J Day, September 2
Anniversary of the writing of "Star Spangled Banner," September 14
Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, second Monday in October
Navy Day, October 27
Presidential Election Day, first Tuesday after first Monday in November
Veteran's Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day, December 25

When & Where to Display the Flag

When displaying outdoors on stationary flagpoles or on the face of a building, the flag should be flown only from sunrise until sunset. It should not be displayed at all during stormy or rainy weather, unless for some very special reason.

The flag should never touch the ground. It should be raised briskly and lowered slowly.

The blue field with stars should be at the peak of a staff if it is extended from the front of a building, balcony, or window; or the blue field should be next to the flagpole when extended from a house or suspended by a rope.

When the flag is displayed flat against a wall or face of a building, whether horizontally or vertically, the blue field must be at the left of the person facing it.  This is also true when used on a speaker's platform, and it must also be above and behind the speaker. However, if the flag is flown from a staff, it is placed at the speaker's right.

When a flag is displayed over the middle of a street, it is suspended vertically.  The blue field points north in a street running east and west, and it points east in a street running north and south.

When the American flag is crossed against the wall with some other type of flag, our flag is on the left and the staff crosses in front of the other flag.  When it is flown on the same halyard (rope) with flags of states, cities, societies, or clubs, the American flag must be at the top.  When these other flags are in a group, each flag from its own staff, our American flag must be at the center of the highest point.  When it is combined with these flags plus a foreign flag, the American flag must be at the right end of the line, that the onlooker's left.  During peacetime eras, it is accepted practice that flags of all nations must be equal in height and size, and displayed at the same height.  When displayed in our own country with flags of other nations, the American flag must be the first one hoisted and the last to be lowered.

In a parade or procession with but one other flag, the American flag is at the marching right, but in a line of other flags, the American flag is in front of the center of the line.  When mounted on a float in a parade or while it is raised or lowered, every person present must stand at attention, facing the flag.  Men not in uniform should take off their hats, and hold them with the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart or simply place their right hand over their heart.  Women not in uniform should salute our flag by placing the right hand over the heart.