Flying The U.S. Flag – Let Freedom Ring!
Memorial Day and Flag Day are upon us. Below are some things to keep in mind when displaying the American flag. For more detailed information click HERE.
Flying at Half-Staff
- On Memorial Day the United States flag is to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon and then raise to full height from noon to sundown.
- When flown at half-staff the flag should first be hoisted to the peak and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position.
- The flag should always be raised to peak before it is lowered for the day.
How and When to Display the Flag
- Universal custom is to display the flag from sunrise to sunset, however, may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
- The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
- The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
Respect for the Flag
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
- The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
- The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
- The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, or drawing of any nature.
- The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning. (Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony)