Rules of the flag

Staff report

Many Americans reserve great respect for the United States flag. However, proper procedures for handling the flag are rarely displayed in public.

Never allow the flag to touch the ground or any other object while on display. Salute the flag as it is hoisted and lowered, during the playing of the National Anthem and while saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Stand at attention with your right hand over your heart and your hat removed.

Display the flag outdoors only between sunrise and sunset, unless illuminated by a spotlight. When displaying the flag indoors, always position it to the right of a speaker or staging area.

To place a flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant before lowering it to halfway position.

Staff report

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