american-flags-catHow to properly display the Stars and Stripes

The flag should be taken down at sundown or illuminated overnight. Install a solar light or garden spotlight on a timer to avoid taking it down at night and putting it up in the morning. If the flag becomes dirty or tattered, it should be cleaned and mended. If it’s irreparable, it should be retired. You can give retired flags to your area American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts for proper disposal– usually a ceremonial burning.
Honoring leaders and heroes

The flag should also be at half-staff on certain holidays, such as Patriots’ Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. You can learn when your flag should be half-staff by signing up for email alerts at The American Legion.

While it’s not legally mandated that you follow the national code for displaying the American flag, it is a show of respect to do so. The union– the blue rectangle with white stars– should always be on top. Hang your flag so that it does not touch anything below it, such as bushes or grass. If you hang another pennant at home, such as a sports team or university flag, be sure the American flag is highest.

Tall flagpoles that are installed into the ground within a circle of concrete– the kind you see at schools and government buildings– are significantly more expensive and may seem incongruous with moderately sized homes. If you live in a large home or have a few acres of green land, however, this type of flagpole can look stately and fitting.
FlagpolesFollowing the Flag Code

Flying Old Glory at home can be a charming design detail and an honorable display of patriotism. Do you know the United States Flag Code? Follow these tips for tasteful presentation and learn the guidelines for traditional American flag etiquette– just in time for the Fourth of July.
Placing your Stars and Stripes.

You can give retired flags to your area American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts for proper disposal– usually a ceremonial burning.
You can learn when your flag should be half-staff by signing up for email alerts at The American Legion.

The most important factors to consider when selecting your flagpole are scale and placement. Most homeowners choose to mount a bracketed flagpole from a porch or above the front door for a classic, all-American look.

Follow these tips for tasteful presentation and learn the guidelines for traditional American flag etiquette– just in time for the Fourth of July.
If you hang another pennant at home, such as a sports team or university flag, be sure the American flag is highest.