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Flag Ettiquette - Memorial Day Reminders on Proper Flag Treatment
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Posted on 05/28/2005 8:09:33 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

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THE FLAG CODE
Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10
As amended by P.L. 322, 103rd Congress
Approved September 13, 1994

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§ 170. National Anthem; Star-Spangled Banner
The composition consisting of the words and music known as The Star-Spangled Banner is designated the national anthem of the United States of America.

§ 171. Conduct during playing
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in  uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in  uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the  hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of  the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present  should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed  there.

§ 172. Pledge of Allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of  America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty  and justice for all," should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand  over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and  hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent,  face the flag, and render the military salute.

§ 173. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition
The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag  of the United States of America is established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or  organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more  executive departments of the Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for  the purposes of this chapter shall be defined according to sections 1 and 2 of Title 4 and  Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

§ 174. Time and occasions for display; hoisting and lowering

§ 175. Position and manner of display
The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, 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.


(g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(h) 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.

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.
 
 
 
 

(i) 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(j) 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

(k) 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 to the right of the audience.
 
 
 


(l) The flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.
 
 
 
 
 

(m) 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. In the event of the death of other officials or  foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or  orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the  event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or  possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim  that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days  from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the death of the Vice  President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the  House of Representatives; from the day of death until internment of an Associate Justice of the  Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or  the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day  for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day,  unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. As used in this subsection -

(n) When the Flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed 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.

(o) When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer's left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

§ 176. Respect for flag
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

§ 177. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

§ 178. Modification of rules and customs by President
Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth in section 171-178 of this title, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

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veiling a statue or monument, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.
 
 
 
 
 

(m) 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. In the event of the death of other officials or  foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or  orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the  event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or  possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim  that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days  from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the death of the Vice  President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the  House of Representatives; from the day of death until internment of an Associate Justice of the  Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or  the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day  for a Member of Congress. The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day,  unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. As used in this subsection -

(n) When the Flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed 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.

(o) When the flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with only one main entrance, it should be suspended vertically with the union of the flag to the observer's left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north, when entrances are to the east and west or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.

§ 176. Respect for flag
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

§ 177. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

§ 178. Modification of rules and customs by President
Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth in section 171-178 of this title, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: flag; flagettiquette; memorialday; oldglory; patriot; patriotism; pilgrimspride; starsandstripes

1 posted on 05/28/2005 8:09:33 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Give the flag honor and respect, but when in doubt just fly the flag, show the colors, rally the troops.


2 posted on 05/28/2005 8:12:38 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Sadly, our Supreme Court pretty much over ruled all flag ettiquite when they said it was a "protected freedom of expression" to burn the flag in protest.

It's just one more reason we need more conservative judges.


3 posted on 05/28/2005 10:03:12 PM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: DakotaRed

The next time anyone reads a Koran desecration story, email a copy of this to the paper/reporter and remind them that Muslims burn our flag all the time. Our Flag is not a sacred book but it is sacred to us none the less. Even more so since it flies over all Americans - Muslims included.


4 posted on 05/29/2005 12:45:54 AM PDT by MarcL
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