United States Flag Rules

United States Flag Rules

The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used.

The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom. The flag may be flown at half-staff to honor a newly deceased federal or state government official by order of the president or the governor, respectively.

United States Flag

  • On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon.
  • Other Things Not to Do with the Flag Out of respect for the U.S. flag, never:
  • Dip it for any person or thing, even though state flags, regimental colors and other flags may be dipped as a mark of honor.
  • Display it with the union down, except as a signal of distress.
  • Let the flag touch anything beneath it: ground, floor, water, merchandise.
  • Carry it horizontally, but always aloft.
  • Fasten or display it in a way that will permit it to be damaged or soiled.
  • Place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia, or designs of any kind.
  • Use it for holding anything.
  • Use it as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. It should not be used on a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of patriotic organizations, military personnel, police officers and firefighters.
  • Use the flag for advertising or promotion purposes or print it on paper napkins, boxes or anything else intended for temporary use and discard.

During the hoisting or lowering of the flag or when it passes in parade or review, Americans should stand at attention facing the flag and place their right hand over the heart. Uniformed military members render the military salute. Men not in uniform should remove any headdress and hold it with their right hand at their left shoulder, the hand resting over the heart. Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention.

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