How to Display the Flag

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Published on May 23, 2018 with No Comments

1.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.

2.The flag of the United States, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right (the viewers’ left)and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

3.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. Half-staff is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the president of the United States.

4.When flags of states, cities or localities or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the U.S. flag, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the U.S. flag or to the right of the U.S. flag (the viewer’s left). When the U.S. flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the U.S. flag at the mid-point and the other flag below.

5.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.

6.When the flag 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.

7.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.

8.When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, it should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

9.The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right (the flag’s own right) or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

10.The U.S. flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

11.When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

12.When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the U.S. flag 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 (to the right of the audience).

13.When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

14.When hung in a window where it is viewed from the street, place the union at the head and over the left shoulder.

For more fun facts visit www.ushistory.org

Memorial Day observances in the area

Friday, May 25

• The city of Valparaiso, Valpo Parks Department, and Valpo Parks Foundation invite the public to a Memorial Day service at 8:30 a.m. at the Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 Campbell St. Call 219-462-5144 for more details.

Monday, May 28

• The Memorial Day service in Hobartwill take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Doughboy Monument, located at Sixth and Main streets near the city’s downtown district.

• The Porter County Historical Museumwill host a Memorial Day program from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A documentary of World War II will feature local veterans. The museum is located at 153 S. Franklin St., off the courthouse square. This program is free and open to the public. Call 219-465-3595 for more details.

• Chesterton Cemeterywill host a Memorial Day service at 10:00 a.m. The cemetery is located along Porter Avenue off Hwy. 49.

• Stoney Run County Parkwill host a Memorial Day service at its Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 2:30 p.m. The county park is located at 9230 E. 142nd Ave., Hebron. Call 219-996-6500 for more details.

• Portage American Legion Post 260will sponsor the Memorial Day parade, gathering at 10:30 a.m. and kicking off at noon from the Portage Mall and finishing at Calvary Cemetery for a holiday service. Call 219-762-3541 or 364-6413 for more details.

• The Crown Point Memorial Dayparade begins at 10:30 a.m. from the municipal parking lot across from Wheeler Middle School, 555 S. Indiana Ave., and proceeds to Maplewood Cemetery for a holiday program. Call 219-663-3688 for more details.


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