Position and Manner of Displaying the Flag

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A) Displaying Other Than on a Staff
When displaying the flag against a wall, either vertically or horizontally, the union (blue field with 50 stars) should be upper most and to the observer’s left (the flag’s own right). The union should also be to the observer’s left when displaying the flag from a window.

(B) On the Same Halyard
When flying state, city, organizational or institutional flags from the same halyard with the United States flag, the latter should always be at the peak. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right.

(C) From Adjacent Staffs
When flying from adjacent staffs, the United States flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. Never fly any other flag or pennant above or to the United States flag’s right.

(D) In a Group
When displaying in a group with state, city, organization or institutional flags from staffs, the United States flag should be in the center and at the highest point of the group.

(E) Crossed Staffs
When displaying with any other flag from crossed staffs, the United States flag should be on the right (the flag’s own right) and its staff should be in front of the other flag.

(F) With Other International Flags
In the United States, the U.S. Flag is to be displayed FIRST--to "its own right"--followed by the flags of all other nations (at equal height and in alphabetical order) to the left (observer's right side) of the U.S. Flag.  Each flag should be on separate staffs of the same height and approximately the same size. International customs forbid displaying one nation’s flag over another in times of peace. This is a sign of war time victory and a serious insult.

(G) Speaker Platform
The flag of the United States of America should be displayed above and behind the speaker, if displaying flat.When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or to the right of the audience.

Other General Display Flag Etiquette
1. The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff, or as provided in subsection of this section.

2. The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

3. No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.

4. When the flag of the United States is displayed from 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 the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

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

6. The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.

7. The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

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

9. When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer's left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances
are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

10. Motorcycle, When the US flag is flown alone, it needs be at the center on the back of the motorcycle, or to its "marching right." The "marching right" is on the right side of the motorcycle to the rider's perspective when facing forward. If the US Flag is on your bike with another, it should be to its "marching right." All flags flown with the US Flag are the same size and at the same height of the US Flag. While the US Flag is on your bike with several other flags the US flag is placed at the center and highest. Other flags should be arranged in alphabetical order and in decreasing importance - Nations first, states (in order of admittance) and territories second, military third (in order of establishment), and then any others.

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11. Vehicle, The orientation of the flag on vehicle decals should be treated the same as arm patches. The National Flag Foundation suggests "The decals or paintings on a vehicle would also be placed so that the union on the driver's side of the vehicle would be to the viewer's left while the union on the passenger side of the vehicle would be to the viewer's right."

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12. Lapel Pins, The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart."

13. Display on Arm Patches, "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations."

The National Flag Foundation suggests "...we recommend that the flag patch on the left sleeve of a uniform should have the union to the viewer's left while a patch on the right sleeve should be displayed with the union to the viewer's right so that, in both cases, the flag is facing forward and is streaming to the back as the person moves forward."

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