What do the colors on the U.S. flag represent?
The colors of the United States flag were derived from British flags familiar to the men who made the first American flag. The following is an excerpt written by Jim Kirby from Bellevue, NE, used during the flag disposal ceremony:
What does the yellow fringe mean on an indoor flag?
A gold fringe is sometimes added to silk or rayon flags when used indoors or carried in a parade. The flag can also be decorated with gold cords and tassels on its staff. The custom is derived from a military tradition but is neither required nor forbidden by law.
What are the parts of the United States flag?
The parts of the U.S. flag include the canton or field, the hoist or heading, the grommet, the short, the long, and the fly end. Below is a diagram indicating all the location of each part.
How do I correctly display my U.S. flag?
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 the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
Where should the United States flag be positioned if there are other flags present?
No flag or pennant should be placed above, or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America. 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 flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.
When displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, the flag of the United States of America should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
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. 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.
The Proper Display of all Flags
As the globe continues to shrink, the display of foreign flags grows every day. Governmental bodies, hotels, educational institutions, and the business community are using foreign flags to welcome their foreign guests. Because of this increased usage, we provide this basic information to help you display flags in a proper and dignified manner.
Flag designs do change, and care must be taken to ensure that the flag you fly is correct and current. The most comprehensive source for this information is The Flag Research Center in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Can the flagpole be displayed at night or in bad weather?
Section 174(a) of Title 36 states: “It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, the flag may be displayed at night upon special occasions when it is desired to produce a patriotic effect.”
If flying the flag day and night, make sure the material is strong enough to withstand such conditions and is replaced promptly when it begins to show signs of wear. It is generally not desirable to fly the flag outdoors when the weather is particularly inclement because exposure to severe winds and rain may damage the flag or pole on which it is displayed.
When flying the flag at night, the flag code states that if the flag is displayed in darkness it should be illuminated. The flag code does not specify what this means but a spotlight is the usual source of light. We believe that ambient lighting (e.g. in a mall parking lot) is also sufficient if present.
When can I fly the flag at half-mast?
By order of the president, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principle figures of the United States government and the governor of the 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.
On Memorial Day (the last Monday in May), to honor all who died in battle, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff for the remainder of the day.
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.
How do you fold a flag?
The quality and beauty of a flag is best preserved by folding and storing it when not in use.
To properly fold a flag, two people should face each other, each holding one end of the flag. Stretch it horizontally at waist height and fold in half lengthwise. Fold the flag in half lengthwise again (if folding the U.S. flag, the union (blue field) should be on the outside with edges held together).
One person holds the flag while the other starts at the opposite end by making a triangular fold. Continue to fold in triangles until the flag resembles a cocked hat. If you are folding the U.S. flag, start the triangular folds from the end opposite the star field and fold until only the stars remain visible.
What is the proper way to dispose a flag?
In many American communities, one or more organizations (such as the American Legion) render an important community service by collecting and overseeing the proper disposal of old, worn, tattered, and/or frayed U.S. flags.
Some organizations make it an annual service project; others announce when and where flags will be accepted.
Often, community newspapers, radio, and TV stations help broadcast the availability of the service. Churches, synagogues, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, and businesses sometimes have served as “drop off” locations for the collection of worn flags. Any American Legion or local VFW can put you in contact with an approved disposal facility.
If many U.S. flags are collected, it may be desirable to seek assistance from a corporate, government or military facility which maintains an incinerator or furnace that can readily burn the flags. According to the United State Flag Code 36s 176(k): “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” This burning occurs during a formal ceremony conducted by an approved flag disposal organization.
What are the different sizes of flags?
Standard flag sizes for U.S., State, and World Nations (in feet) are 2×3, 3×5, 4×6, 5×8, 6×10, 8×12, 10×15, 12×18, 15×25, and 20×30. Miniature U.S. and state flags are available 4″ x 6″ and boutiques are 3×5.
What size flagpole is appropriate to what size flag?
The maximum size flag on a flagpole varies depending on what material is used to construct the flagpole. FlagSource sells aluminum and fiberglass flagpoles.
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Where should I install my flagpole?
It is important to select a location for your pole where it cannot be struck by automobiles, bicycles, shopping carts, lawn mowers, or any object that can damage it. Be aware of overhead obstructions; avoid any location in the vicinity of power lines. Also, do not allow poles to lie around a job site; keep the pole straight and dry during storage and erect as soon as possible after delivery.
I live near the ocean, will salt water corrode my fiberglass flagpole?
FlagSource’s aluminum telescoping flagpole will not corrode or rust, which further enhances the pole’s strength and beauty. This is particularly important near salt water.