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Learn to display, fold a flag properly

Published On: Jun 13 2011 01:22:48 AM CDT
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If you want to celebrate this holiday by displaying a flag, then contact your local veterans organizations and service organizations like the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The proper way to fold a flag includes folding the flag in half width-wise twice. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end, and repeat until only the end of the union is exposed. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the folds.

Display Your Flag Properly

According to the flag etiquette website, here is the proper way to display a flag:

  1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
  2. The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right; the flag's own right and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
  3. 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 raised again to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
  4. 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 right of the flag of the United States.
  5. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  6. When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
  7. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be placed so that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
  8. When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. 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, it should be displayed in the same way; that is, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.
  9. When carried in a procession with another flag, or flags, the American flag should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
  10. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
  11. 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 to the right of the audience.
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