Do’s of U.S. Flag Usage
- Do hoist the flag quickly, and lower it gently and solemnly.
- Do salute the flag as it is raised and lowered, and continue saluting until the flag is unfastened from the halyard.
- Do make sure that the union is at the peak of the staff when displaying the flag from a window or building; the exception to this rule is if the flag is at half-staff.
- Do make sure that the flag takes top position when displaying it with another flag, such as a state flag, from the same flagpole. The exception to this rule is if the second flag is a church pennant, which may then take precedence only during a chapel service that is presided over by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
- Do position the flag to its own right when displaying it with other pennants on separate flagpoles of the same height and in a straight line.
- Do make sure that the American flag is always larger than any other pennants that are also displayed with it.
- Do hang the flag in a vertical position — with the union facing northwards or eastwards — when displaying the flag over a street. However, if the pennant hangs over a sidewalk, the union should be farthest from the building.
- Do clean and repair as needed.
- Do fold the flag as carefully as possible — and in a solemn manner — when preparing it for storage.
Don’ts of U.S. Flag Usage
- Do not fly the flag upside down, except as a distress signal; this is the one and only exception.
- Do not allow the flag to touch the ground.
- Do not fly the flag outside of the sunrise-to-sunset timeframe. However, if flag is left on display during the nighttime hours, be sure to illuminate it.
- Do not hoist any flag before the American flag, nor lower any flag afterwards.
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