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Our Flag, the symbolism of the United States, is considered to be a living symbol representing a living country. In addition, the Flag represents the many freedoms, rights and responsibilities not entrusted to the citizens of any other country in the world. Therefore, the proper display and use of the United States Flag is the responsibility of every American citizen.

Displaying the Flag Outdoors…

On a vehicle – attach the flag to the antenna or clamp the flagstaff to the right fender. Do no lay the flag over the vehicle.

On a building – Hang the flag on a staff or on a rope over the sidewalk with the stars away from the building.

Over the street – Hang the flag with the stars to the east on a north-south or north on an east-west street.

Above other flags – Hang the flag above any other flag on the same pole

Other flags, separate poles – Hang all flags on equal poles. Hang the U.S. Flag on its own right, hoist it first and lower it last.

In a window – Hang the flag vertically with the stars to the left of anyone looking at it from the street.

Half-mast – This is a sign of mourning. Raise the flag to the top of the pole then lower it to the half way point. Before lowering the flag, raise it to the top again at the end of the day.

Upside down – An upside-down flag is considered a distress signal.

Displaying the Flag Indoors…

Multiple staffs – If you display the flag on a staff with other flags around it, place the flag at the center and highest point.

Behind a speaker – Hang the flag on the wall. Do not decorate the podium or table with the flag. Use bunting for decoration.

Next to a speaker – Place the flag in a stand on the speaker’s right. Use the same placement for a religious service.

In a hall or lobby – Hang the flag vertically across from the main entrance with the stars to the left of anyone coming through the door.

On a casket – Drape the flag with its canton at the head and over the left shoulder of the body. Do not lower the flag into the grave.

Saluting the Flag…

Salute the flag when it is six paces from the viewer and hold it until the flag has passed six paces beyond. Salute the flag at the first note of the National Anthem and hold the salute until the last note is played. NEVER use a flag as a decoration – use bunting.

When in civilian attire…Men remove hats and hold a left shoulder with hand over heart; without hat, place right hand, palm open, over heart. Women should place right hand, palm open, over heart.

When in athletic clothing…face the flag or music, remove hat or cap and stand at attention; a hand salute is not given.

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