Etiquette for Flying a Flag

American Flag

Did you know that in July 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act? This law gives residents in condo communities and other real estate managed communities the right to display the American flag from their units. Even if you signed an agreement that restricts modifying the exterior of your condo or townhouse, displaying the American flag is now permitted.

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If you are new to flying the flag, here is information to help you display it properly.

Citizens can fly the flag any day. If you don’t want to fly it every day, do it weather permitting on legal holidays such as the Fourth of July or other special occasions. The flag can be flown from sunrise to sunset, but if you want to display it at night, it is preferable to light it.

Unfold the flag and raise it by hand to the top of the flagstaff. Lower it slowly without touching it to anything beneath it, e.g. the ground or the floor. If the flag is being flown at half staff (a sign of mourning), raise it to the top of the flagstaff and immediately lower it to the half staff position. When lowering it from half staff, raise it to the top again before lowering it for the day. On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half staff from sunrise until noon and at full staff from noon until sunset?

If you are flying the flag from a staff attached to your home, the canton or union of the flag – the blue rectangle with the 50 white stars – should go to the peak of the staff unless it is being flown at half staff. If it is displayed in any other way than from a staff, it should be displayed flat either horizontally or vertically against something with the canton or union to the observer’s left.

Try to prevent the flag from becoming soiled, however clean it and mend it when necessary. When a flag is worn and/or frayed, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

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