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ON A POLE WITH ANOTHER FLAG
US State Flag When the American flag
is on the same pole as
an organization, state, or
city flag, the U.S. flag is
always be at the top
of the pole, in a position
of honor.
AT HALF-STAFF OR HALF-MAST
Half Staff Flag "Half-staff" is half the distance
from the top to the bottom of a
flagpole. If flying a single flag, 
the center-point of the U.S. flag
should be aligned with the 
center-point of the flagpole. For
more information on flying your
flag at half-mast, visit our page
on Flag Holidays.
AGAINST A WALL OR IN A WINDOW
Against Wall or Window When displayed either
horizontally or vertically,
the union or blue field
should be to the
observer's left, as shown.

 

 

WITH THE FLAGS OF OTHER NATIONS
Each flag should be the same size and displayed
at the same height. It is inappropriate
to display one country's flag above another.

 

International Flags
FROM A STAFF ADJACENT TO OTHERS
The U.S. flag should be placed in a position of
honor, which is the extreme left from the most
common viewing point.

 

US and State Flags
IN A GROUP OF FLAGS

 

Group of Flags In a group of flags
displayed from staffs,
the U.S. flag should
be at the center
and the highest point.

 

 

 

SUSPENDED OR HANGING OVER STREET
Suspended Flag
When not on a staff, the
U.S. flag should be displayed
flat, or suspended so that its
folds fall free. When flag is
displayed over a street,
place the union side facing
north on an east and west
street or east on a north and
south street.

 

CROSSED STAFFS WITH ANOTHER FLAG
When it is displayed with another flag against
a wall from crossed staffs, the flag should be on the
right, the flag's own right (viewer's left), and its
staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
Crossbar Flags
 IN AN AUDITORIUM OR CHURCH SETTING
Podium flag When the U.S. flag is displayed
on a staff situated on a platform
or stage with a speaker, the flag
should be to the speaker's right.
Additional flag sets should be
displayed to the right of the American
flag from the most common viewing
point. If it is displayed flat or hung
vertically, it should be positioned
above and behind the speaker with 
additional flags to the right from 
the most common viewing point.

 

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