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    How to Properly Display the American Flag

    Displaying the American flag is a wonderful way to show you and your family’s patriotism at this time of year, and to honor everyone who serves our country. Did you know that there are specific rules around displaying the flag – and that there is a United States flag code? (It’s Chapter 1, Title 4 of the United States Code).

    With Memorial Day just behind us and the 4th of July next month, this is a popular time of year to display flags outdoors. Below are a few of the most common guidelines for displaying both outdoors and indoors: (Please see this Wikipedia page for a full list.)

    Outdoor Display:

    • No other flag should be placed above the United States flag. In addition, the US flag should always be the first to be raised, and the first to be lowered.
    • If displayed at night, it should be illuminated.
    • When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the stars to the north or east. If the street runs north-south, the stars should face east. (Additional guidelines on displaying a flag over a street can be found at the Wikipedia link.)
    • The flag should – under most circumstances – only be displayed between sunrise and sunset.

    Indoor Display:

    • When a flag is displayed against a wall or vertically, the stars should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and the observer’s left.
    • The United States flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
    • If it is displayed in a room where there is a speaker, it should be placed to the speaker’s right, and the audience’s left.

    American flags are a common sight around Huntsville neighborhoods, and a wonderful addition to the front of any home around the holidays!


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