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Flag Etiquette

The universal custom is that the flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. It may be displayed 24 hours a day, if a properly illuminated during hours of darkness.

The flag should be displayed every day in good weather from all public buildings. schools and in or near every polling place on election day.

The flag should be run up briskly and lowered slowly with reverence, never allowing it to touch the ground.

When displayed with other flags from separate poles, the flag should be raised first and lowered last.

When the national anthem is played and the flag is no present, all persons face the source of the music and stand at attention. Men, not in uniform, remove their hats. Persons in uniform should render the military salute from the first note to the last.

When giving the pledge of allegiance, a person should stand at attention, right hand over their heart. Men should remove their hats and persons in uniform should give the military salute.

Important Dont's

Never, in any way, should disrespect be shown to the U.S. Flag.

The U.S. Flag should never be dipped to any person or things. Regimental colors, state flags, and organizational or institutional flags are dipped as a mark of honor.

The U.S. Flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

The U.S. Flag should never touch anything beneath it - ground, floor, water, etc. 

Never place anything on the U.S. Flag. The U.S. Flag should never have placed upon it, or any part of it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture or drawing of any nature.

Proper Disposal Of The U.S. Flag

When a U.S. Flag is in such conditional that it it no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably burning.