Mon, July 22

Show proper respect when displaying flag

So we raise her up every morning

And we bring her down slow every night,

We don't let her touch the ground,

And we fold her up right.

On second thought, I do like to brag

Cause I'm mighty proud of the ragged old flag.

'That Ragged Old Flag'

Johnny Cash

A wave of patriotism not seen in decades has swept the United States since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The banners of Red, White & Blue so common in the Verde Valley and across this great land are a source of pride to most of us.

For good reason, they're also a source of irritation to the many men and women who fought to preserve the freedoms that make America the greatest country in the world.

The reason? Well, a lot of us need a primer in proper flag etiquette. It's important to note that this is not so much a question of individual taste and respect as it is a matter of law. What follows are excerpts from The Flag Code of the United States – Public Law 94-344, which was adopted July 7, 1976.

General Display

It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak.

When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right.

Churches, Auditoriums

When used on a speaker's platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or the right of audience.


The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. 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.