One of the most popular additions to home décor is the American flag; after all, what better way is there to show some American pride and add a pop of color to your house? While the flag looks great flying next to your house, there is actually a strict code regarding the display and care of the United States flag.
The following are just a few key points from the
official U.S. flag code to remember when hanging your own flag this spring.
1) Displaying Multiple Flags
No flag should be flown above or on the same level as the U.S. flag when there are multiple flags in a group. Many people like to fly other flags – specific state flags, sports team flags, or flags of various military branches – but the U.S. flag should always be flown above them.
2) Flying the Flag at Half-Staff
Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff is considered a sign of respect after the death government figures, officials, or even after instances such as the Paris and Brussels attacks. On Memorial Day, all U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff until noon.
3) Respect for the Flag
The U.S. flag should never touch the ground, water, or anything beneath it. It’s also not to be displayed where it may be easily soiled, torn, or damaged. If the condition does deteriorate to the point where it’s no longer able to be displayed, the proper disposal method is burning.
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The full U.S. flag code can be found here.