How to Display the American Flag
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|ON A POLE WITH ANOTHER FLAG|
|When the American flag
is on the same pole as
an organization, state, or
city flag, the U.S. flag is
always at the top
of the pole, in a position
|AT HALF-STAFF OR HALF-MAST|
|"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|
|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.
|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.
|IN A 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|
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
|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.
|IN AN AUDITORIUM OR CHURCH SETTING|
|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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