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Folding theFlag

Folding the flag

Fold the flag in halfwidth-wise twice. If done by two, then the blue field should be facing thebottom on the first fold. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end ...and repeat ... until only the end of the union is exposed. Then fold down thesquare into a triangle and tuck inside the folds.
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Displaying the Flag Hide Section


flag hanging over street1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of thestreet, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an eastand west street or to the east in a north and south street.

crossed staffs2. The flag of the United States of America, when itis displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be onthe right, the flag's own right [that means the viewer's left--Webmaster], and its staff should be in front of the staff of the otherflag.

flag at half mast3. The flag, when flown at half-staff,should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to thehalf-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it islowered for the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half thedistance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixedto spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of theUnited States.

sharing staff with otherflags4. When flags of States, cities, or localities, orpennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the UnitedStates, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown fromadjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first andlowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the UnitedStates or to the right of the flag of the United States (the viewer's left).When the flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the US flag atthe mid-point and the other flag below.

flag suspended oversidewalk 5. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from arope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flagshould be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

flag on staff6. When the flag of the United States is displayedfrom a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill,balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at thepeak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

flag draping casket7. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it shouldbe so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flagshould not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

flag other than being flownfrom staff8. When the flag is displayed in a manner other thanby being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors orout. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the unionshould be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer'sleft. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that iswith the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. Whenfestoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and redshould be used, but never the flag.

flag carried in aprocession9. That the flag, when carried in a procession withanother flag, or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, theflag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the centerof that line.

flags in a group of flags10. The flag of the United States of America shouldbe at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags ofStates or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed fromstaffs.

US flag with foreign flags11. When flags of two or more nations are displayed,they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags shouldbe of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of theflag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace. The order ofprecedence for flags generally is National flags (US first, then others inalphabetical order in English), State (host state first, then others in theorder of admission) and territories (Washington DC, Puerto Rico, etc.), Military(in order of establishment: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard),then other. Readmore.

flag in church orauditorium12. When displayed from a staff in a church or publicauditorium on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America shouldhold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in theposition of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces theaudience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of theclergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience). Please note that the oldguidelines differed from this updated and simplified one.

flag on car13. When the flag is displayed on a car, the staffshall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

flag hanging from window14. When hung in a window, place the blue union inthe upper left, as viewed from the street.

What Is a Flag? Hide Section

According to the FlagCode, a flag is a flag oranything "by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation maybelieve the same to represent the flag." According to the definition in the FlagCode, these images are flags.

See: Are flags on T-shirts, ties,etc., really flags?

Jasper Johns flag
Jasper Johns flag
animation experiment
animation experiment
flag quilt
flag quilt
Bank of America logo
Bank of America logo
child's drawing
child's drawing
flag car
flag car
flag Christmas tree
flag Christmas tree
flag stamp
flag stamp
dog chew toy
dog chew toy

Flagpoles, Flag Sizes, Flag Proportions Hide Section

The usual size of a flag used at home is 3'x5'.A casket flag is 9-1/2'x5'. The table below shows the appropriate size flag tofly on flagpoles of several heights.

Home Use

Public display (not home-use)

Flagpole Flag Flagpole Flag Flagpole Flag
15' 3'x5' 20' 4'x6' 50' 8x12'-10x15'
20' 3'x5' 25' 5'x8' 60'-65' 10'x15'-10'x19'
25' 4'x6' 30'-35' 6'x10' 70'-80' 10'x19'-12'x18'
40'-45' 6'x10-8'x12' 90'-100' 20'x38'-30'x50

Flag Proportions

According to Executive Order10834, official flags (not personalflags) must meet these standards.

Standard proportions
A Hoist (width) of flag 1.0
B Fly (length) of flag 1.9
C Hoist (width) of Union 0.5385 (7/13)
D Fly (length) of Union 0.76
E   0.054
F   0.054
G   0.063
H   0.063
K Diameter of star 0.0616
L Width of stripe 0.0769 (1/13)
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