How to Use Our Flag
- The American flag, when carried in procession with another flag,
should be on the marching right - its own right.
- Another flag or pennant may be flown above the American flag
only during church services conducted at sea by US Naval Chaplains
for Navy Personnel.
- When displayed with another flag in the crossed-staff format,
the American flag should be on its own right - and in front of
the other flag's staff.
- The US flag should be centered and at the highest point when
displayed on its staff with other flags.
- If other flags are flown on the same staff with the US flag,
the American flag should be placed at the peak of the staff.
- When the American flag is suspended from a staff projecting
horizontally from a building, the union should be at the peak
of the staff - except when the flag is at half staff.
- When displayed over a street, the flag should be suspended vertically.
The union will be to the north in an east-west street, and to
the east in a north-south street.
- During the unveiling of monuments or statues, the flag should
never be used as a covering.
- When covering a casket, the flag should be positioned so the
union is at the head and over the left shoulder. It should
not be lowered into a grave or allowed to touch the ground.
- During the raising or lowering of the flag or during its passage
in a parade, all present should stand at attention, facing the
flag. Those in uniform should salute. Civilian males should remove
their hats. All civilian males and females should "salute" by
placing their right hand over their heart.
- During the playing of the National Anthem, all present should
stand at attention facing the flag. Those in uniform should salute.
Civilian males should remove their hats. All civilian males and
females should "salute" by placing their right hand over their
heart. Men should remove their hats.
- The flag should always have the position of honor on the speaker's
platforms, standing to the right of the speaker. All other
flags should be on the speaker's left.
- Bunting for ceremonial or decorative use should be arranged
with the blue on the top, white in the middle, and red on the
- When the flag is flown at half staff, it should first be elevated
to peak position, held there momentarily and lowered. At
the day's end, the flag should be again elevated to peak position
- The American flag features 13 horizontal stripes - seven of
them are red and six white. In the upper quarter of the
flag next to the staff are white five-pointed stars that designate
Our Flag At Half-Staff
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the
peak for an instant and lowered to the half-staff position. The
flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered the
On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until
noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff
upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government
and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark
of respect to their memory.
In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries,
the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential
instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs
or practices not inconsistent with law.
In the event of the death of a present or former official of the
government of any State, territory, or possession of the United
States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may
proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.
The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death
of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of
death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief
Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department,
a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory,
or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for
a Member of Congress.
As used in the subsection-
(1) the term half-staff means the position of the
flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and the bottom
of the staff.
(2) The term "executive or military department" means any agency
listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5, United States Code;
(3) the term "Member of Congress" means a Senator, a representative,
a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
Flag shall be flown at half-staff,
from sunrise to sunset on
Peace Officers Memorial Day- May 15
Memorial Day (Last Monday of May) At half-staff until noon only
North Korean Invasion of South Korea - June 25
Korean Armistice signed - July 27
World Trade Center Attack - Sept 11
Attack on Pearl Harbor - Dec 7
Other days as proclaimed by the President or Governor.