What Are the Rules of American Flag Etiquette?

American Flag

Do you know the rules of American flag etiquette? There are rules dictating flying at half-staff, when to fly the flag, carrying the flag, folding the flag, and displaying with other flags. I do realize the rules of etiquette for an American flag may seem complicated, but they are quite simple to follow.

Flying at Half-Staff

“Half-staff” means the position of the American flag is halfway between the top and bottom of the staff. Flag etiquette dictates the flag to be flown at half-staff on Memorial Day until noon, then raise it back to the top, Patriot Day (September 11), Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7), and death of a government official.

When to Fly the American Flag

There are several designated dates to fly an American flag throughout the year. The most noted are Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. In addition, to specific days of the year is time of day constraints. For flags that are stationary on a building or a flagpole it is customary to fly them from sunrise to sunset. American flags can be flown at night provided it is properly illuminated. This means the flag must have its own dedicated spotlight and then it can be flown twenty-hours per day if desired.

Now that you know the rules of flag etiquette go ahead and proudly display your American patri

Carrying the American Flag

The American Flag should never be carried flat. An exception to this rule is if it is draped over a casket a funeral. Unless the flag is folded, it is to be carried on a hand held staff to displayed flying freely. Do not allow the American flag to touch the ground or any other object below it.

Folding the American Flag

Since the American flag should not be carried flat, folding it may be necessary for transportation, storage or display. In addition to the flag being folded by civilians, it is a procedure performed by members of the Armed Forces. Members of the Armed Forces fold the American flag after it is lifted from the casket at a military funeral. It is then presented to the next of kin. There are not specifics as how to the flag should be folded, but a standard American flag will require thirteen folds. To be more specific there should be two lengthwise folds and eleven triangular folds.

Displaying American Flag with Other Flags

American flags must be placed in a position of prominence over all other flags since it represents the government and in America, the government is the highest authority. In most cases, the American flag is displayed above church flags. It should be larger or equivalent to the size of other flags on the pole or staff. The American Flag should be hoisted first and lowered last when flown with other flags.

Don’t forget the rules of flag etiquette and show the world you’re proud to be an American!

70 Responses to What Are the Rules of American Flag Etiquette?

  1. John says:

    There is one exception to the flag flying rules you state.
    Although all true, the exception is that the Flag of the State of Texas may be flown at an equal height with the U.S. Flag. All others must be flown at a lower level.
    This stems from the time when Texas was admitted to the Union. It was negotiated that since Texas was a Republic and its own country at the time it had equal standing with the United States and therefore would be allowed to fly its flag at an equal height.

    • Krystal Lane says:

      Hello John,

      Thank you for your input about American flag etiquette. This is an interesting piece of information that I was not aware of. See that? I learn something new everyday! Thanks again, John!

      Krystal Lane

    • According to Federal Law, each of the 50 state flags may be flown on poles the same height as the US flag.. In doing this each flag should be about the same size.. and the US Flag will be flown on the left side as seen by the viewer. If there is a company or other flag to be flown, it will be at the far right. Each of the state flags, obviously shall be flown lower than the US flag on a single pole. Reference Texas Government Code: Title 11. State Symbols and Honors; Preservation Subtitle A. State Symbols and Honors

      • Jim Prentice says:

        The laws of Congress in respect to those matters do not extend into the territorial limits of the states, but have force only in the District of Columbia, and other places that are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the national government.”
        [Caha v. United States 152 U.S. 211 (1894)]

        “Legislation of Congress, unless a contrary intent appears, is meant to apply only within territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”
        Foley Bros. v. Filardo, 336 U.S. 281; 69 S.Ct. 575 (1949)

        Title 4 USC, Section 72 “All offices attached to the seat of government shall be exercised in the District of Columbia, and not elsewhere, except as otherwise expressly provided by law.”; See also Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 and Article IV, Section 3, cl. 2.

        Sorry to intercede here but “federal Law’ only applies to federal territory. The States are superrior to the federal government because the States were the creators of the Constitution FOR the Unitede States OF America.

        I fly the Florida Flag above the United States flag because Florida is superrior.

        The authority of the federal government is very limited when Congress deals with the several States. The federal Constitution is very explicit on this matter.

      • The flag of the closest allegiance has priority; I fly the flag representing God at the highest elevation, then my family flag, then my state flag, then the Union’s flag at the bottom. You choose who is superior. Of course on federal property the US flag is superior for employees of the government. Remember the founding; the Citizen is sovereign and above the government we have given limited representative power.

    • JEff says:

      Is there anytime that any flag can be flown above the US Flag and if so when is that time.

      • Timbo says:

        Jeff: As far as I know, there is no flag that may be flown above that of the U.S. That being said, there may be some rare instances in which religious flags, such as that of the Catholic church, may be flown above it.

      • joe says:

        times flags may fly higher than the US on Navy ships when services of religion are in session the church pennant is displayed above the US the Catholic church does not have a flag to be flown higher the Vatican flag represent the Vatican City a small country therefore it is to be equal to the US on US flags left

    • joe says:

      any flag may fly at same height as US as long as US flag is in position of honor viewers left Texas may fly lower than the Us

  2. Buddy Flynn says:

    Man, I’ve been flying my flags for years here in AZ and know one every told me that it’s to be luminated at night. Just shows how the Southwest is not all that American. I’ll getur lite up.

  3. Helen says:

    Hello,
    I have been told that you can fly a flag smaller than 3×5 twenty four hours a day.
    I have a 2×3 flag attached on a pole to my rancher and fly it all the time.

    • Helen,

      Thanks for your question! Actually, all flags regardless of size if flown at night must be completely illuminated. There are no exceptions to the rule for different sized flags — however in my opinion – the more often the flag is flown, the better. So I say keep it up! :)

      –Tommy McLaughlin
      Flag Blog

  4. ROBERT MARSHALL says:

    MY FAMILY WAS GIVEN A FLAG WHEN MY BROTHER PASSED AWAY IN 1994. HE HAD BEEN IN THE ARMY. UNFORTUNATELY, DURING A RECENT BREAK IN AT OUR FAMILY HOME THE FLAG WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE CASE AND STREWN ABOUT THE HOUSE. WE NOW HAVE THE FLAG AND HOLDER IN GOOD SHAPE BUT NEED SOMEONE TO RE-FOLD THE FLAG AND PLACE IN THE CONTAINER. WE NOW LIVE IN LOS ANGELES, SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS A LOCAL BUSINESS WHO DOES FOLDING.
    THANKS,
    ROBERT 323 899-3702/323 296-2803

  5. The state of Texas entered the union by treaty instead of by annexation only state to do so ) and we can fly our flag the same height as the US flag. Texas is the only state to have a copitol building that is taler than the capitol in washington,DC by seven feet. I also wish Texas would secede from the union and become a republic again.We really don’t need all the crap that comes out of washington. Texas also has the right to secede from the union as this was part of the deal when we joined the union. Donald Nicholson

    • Alaskanjohn says:

      We wish you would secede, and take all the Bushes with you. Kisses.

    • cory USMC says:

      you need to brush up on your history. Texas does NOT have the right to succeed as it was brought into the union under law, not a treaty. thats an ignorant myth you bought into, hook, line, and sinker. if you disagree, please find me the name of this treaty with sources to back it up. your great granny doesnt count. also, if you read the flag code you would know that all state flags are allowed to fly at the same height as Old Glory, as long as they are to the viewers right of the US Flag. Who cares if the Texas capitol is taller? it’s ignorant Texans like you who give the rest of us a bad name. Knock off the over zealous Texas pride crap, it’s annoying.

      -Cory
      (a Texan and Marine combat veteran)

  6. Lamar Smith says:

    What is the correct way for a person in civilian clothes to salute the U.S. Flag? I have been told that veterans can perform the military salute while other civilians put their hand over their heart.

    • Lamar,

      In the United States, civilians salute the flag by placing their right hands over their hearts and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. (Men remove any headgear and hold it over their hearts, if applicable.)

      Great question!

      • DON WOLLING says:

        WHEN EVER THE FLAG PASSES IN A PROCESSION OR DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, CIVILIANS SHOULD REMOVE ALL NON RELIGIOUS HEADGEAR AND PLACE THEIR HAND OVER THEIR HEART WITH THE HEADGEAR AT THEIR LEFT SHOULDER. VETERANS SHOULD REMOVE ALL HEADGEAR ALSO BUT THEY TOO MAY USE THE MILITARY SALUTE TO SHOW RESPECT.

    • chuck bartoh says:

      Congress passed some enactment that says, in a nutshell, that if you are a veteran, you may give the proper hand salute to the flag. All other citizens place their right hand over their heart. (and of course males remove hats. Present Arms!

  7. Wayne says:

    Question: For those of us that hold that God is above all nations, including the United States does that mean we cannot fly a Christian flag above a US flag? How are we to interpret one nation UNDER God? As the comments on Texas above show exceptions are allowed.

    • Wayne,

      Great question! According to Flag Code section 7c:

      The Christian flag may fly above the US flag only “during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy” (Flag Code, Section 7c).

      For more information and a great article on this, check out : http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/faq.htm

    • Robert Joseph says:

      With no disrespect to my country, America or state, New Jersey, or anyone else’s …
      I expect the rules are generally written by patriotic government employees, hence the requirement for the Federal flag to be uppermost. And, when we are interacting with another country, such as at war, the federal flag would be uppermost, as we are acting as a nation.

      However, in a private setting, I understand and believe flags represent our allegience. My first allegience is to Almighty God and then to my family. Then generally to friends, neighbors, and individuals. Local government, state government, federal government, and other nations around the world come next.

      Remember that America was created with individual rights, and is unique throughout the world. When we put the government above individuals, we have it backwards.

  8. Brian Moore says:

    I have a friend who inherited his late Father’s military burial flag. It is currently in a clear plastic triangular storage bag. For a gift I’ve been thinking of buying a proper flag case for it. My problem is, I don’t know what size the flag is and therefore don’t know what size case to buy. Lord knows I definitely don’t want to unfold it and destroy the tuck.

    Can anyone give me an idea as to how to estimate the size? Maybe by measuring the size of the stars or something? Please feel free to send me any suggestions at my email address.

  9. DON WOLLING says:

    I HAVE QUESTION ABOUT ETIQUETTE OF THR POW/MIA FLAG. IN ME HOME TOWN A FEW PEOPLE DECIDED TO ERECT A MEMORIAL FOR A LOCAL FALLEN HERO. THEY BUILD THE MEMORIAL NEXT TO A BUILDING AND USED THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING AS PART OF THE MEMORIAL BY MOUNTING THE FLAGS FROM THE FACSIA OF THE BUILDING. THERE ARE SEVEN FLAGS ALL TOGETHER WITH THE US FLAG IN THE MIDDLE, WHICH IS CORRECT, BUT THE US FLAG TOUCHES THE MONUMENT AND ALSO THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING AND THE FLAGS ON EITHER SIDE. THE POW/MIA FLAG IS MOUNTED BELOW THE US FLAG BUT FLAT AGAINST THE WALL, NOT ON A POLE. I FEEL THE US FLAG SHOULD NOT TOUCH ANYTHING INCLUDING THE ROOF AND THE POW/MIA FLAG SHOULD ALSO BE ON A POLE LIKE THE REST OF THE FLAGS. THIS HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH THE MEMORIAL AND STRANGERS HAVE EVEN GONE SO FAR AS TO TAKE THE US FLAG DOWN BUT THE NEXT DAY IT IS BUT RIGHT BACK UP. PLEASE E-MAIL ME YOUR COMMENTS. YOU MAY ALSO POST THEM. THANK YOU. DON

    • Blogger says:

      Hi Don,
      I personally do not know of any rules concerning the POW/MIA flag. As for the American flag, I agree with you that it should not be touching anything.

  10. Donna says:

    I have a question about the display of the little flags frequently seen on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day – are there any particular rules for placement of the flags on the graves and guidelines as to when they are to be removed? So often I find flags on graves in remote cemeteries that have endured the ravages of storms and time. Many times the sticks are broken and the flags either lying on the ground or barely clinging to the stick and half on the ground in really sad shape. If I’m able to ‘re-hoist’ the flag on its stick, I do so, but this is seldom possible. I struggle with the question of whether I should remove the damaged flag, or whether it should be left for the family that placed it to tend to it. I would like to place recommendations on our cemetery preservation web site, since many of our web site visitors encounter similar situations and ask for our advice, but I want to post correct information. Do you have any advice for me? Thanks. Donna

    • Blogger says:

      Hi, Donna,
      As far as I know, flags are not to be placed on graves more than one or two days before Memorial / Veterans Day, and should also be taken down within one to two days after the given holiday. I also know that no flag should ever be allowed to become soiled, torn, touch the ground, etc. If you find flags with broken sticks that are in sad shape, you should certainly remove them.

      I hope that helped. Thanks for writing!

      Tim

      • Kathy says:

        In a situation of a small flag like this, how would you dispose of it?

      • Sam says:

        According to the Flag Code, any American flag that is worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair should be retired in a respectful and dignified manner. The preferred method is burning. This may shock some, since it is a well known fact that burning the flag is illegal. This, however, is an exception to the rule. You can burn the flag yourself, making sure it is done in a discreet and professional manner, or many organizations like the American Legion, the Boy Scouts Council and the Girl Scouts Council will perform a flag retirement ceremony and burn your flag for you. In this case, burning signifies purification and rebirth.

        Although burning is the preferred method, it is also acceptable to seal your old flag in a box or bag and bury it.

      • Theresa says:

        I do what the veterans do they burn the wore torn soiled flags so I myself do that as well I do not dispose of them any other way.

        Theresa
        Verona,KY

  11. graham thompson says:

    We wish to fly an American flag above our construction forms as we build the North Las Vegas City Hall project. Do we need to illuminate the flag at night or do we have to take it down before sundown. The heigth of the building will be 9 stories total but we are at the 5th level of concrete forms at this time (10-9-09)
    Thanks,
    Graham.

    • Blogger says:

      Hi, Graham,
      Yes, you’ll need to illuminate the flag if you plan on leaving it up throughout the night.

      Thanks for writing!

  12. Tiffany Nicholson says:

    I have just received a flag from a co-worker whose son is serving in Afghanistan. The flag was flown on a mission and is certified and also came with a picture of the unit. Since this is not a memorial flag is it still proper to display the flag in the folded Triangle? It is 3 x 5ft nylon flag – I plan on getting a frame to display in the office with the certificate and picture but don’t want to offend anyone – all the frames that I can find are labeled “Memorial” – I do not want to jinx her or her son.

  13. kathy jo says:

    Hi I have several questions, should the American flag ever be placed(patch)facing backwards or upside down? What is the meaning behind the American flag being placed like this ? .I always thought the flag should be flown or shown with the stars to my left & stripes to the right ?

    • Jarred K says:

      Kathy,
      If you are talking about the patch the Us Amry wears, it is considered a backwards flag. The union (stars) are on the other side so the flag is charging into battle with the soldier insted of flying away form the fight.

  14. Hi Our Son is in the US NAVY We just bought our American Flag and outside pole with spot lights .I need to know is it OK to Fly the Navy Flag just under the American Flag but on the same pole and also can we leave the Navy Flag outside 24/7 as it would be under the spot light as well ? Oh and does the Navy flag have to be smaller than the American or can it be the same size just flown under the American ?
    Thank You
    Andi

    • Tim says:

      Hey, Andi! Thanks for writing. Yes, it is acceptable to fly the Navy flag on the same pole as the American flag. Just make sure the Navy flag is below that of the the US. If you fly the Navy flag on a different pole, make sure the American flag is to its right. It is also alright to fly both flags at night as long as you have the proper lighting. There is no need for the Navy flag to be smaller than the American flag, but it must not be bigger.

  15. Terri says:

    My father passed away in Aug 08 the flag at buruiel was given to my mother…who recently passed away. There are Me the eldest and my Sister the younger. There are 4 grand daughters ages 21, 14, 7, 6 and one grand son who is 9 months. How is the flag to be passed thru the family? Thanks for your help! Terri

    • Tim says:

      Hi, Terri, I don’t think there is any set way of passing it along, but rather you may choose who will have the honor of safekeeping it.

    • Krystine says:

      I believe the eldest child thing you are thinking about is used when determining notification of next of kin. If there is no spouse, then the eldest child over the age of 18 (including those by prior marriage) is considered the Primary Next-of-Kin. If there are no children over the age of 18, then the PNOK is the father or mother of the deceased. If there are no parents, then the eldest brother or sister or other blood relatives is notified. Whoever is the PNOK receives the flag for the family at the service. Once it is given to the family, I think Tim is correct, it becomes a family matter.
      Krystine

  16. Andi Rieckert says:

    I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE OLDEST WOULD BE THE RIGHTFUL ONE TO HAVE THE MEMORIAL FLAG . I’M SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR PARENTS PASSINGS .

  17. Jill says:

    My husband was given his father’s memorial flag. It is folded and currently wrapped in tissue. Is it ok to fly this flag on a pole again or should it remain folded and displayed in a case?

    • Tim says:

      Hi, Jill,

      As far as I know, there should be no problem with your husband flying his father’s memorial flag, as long as it’s done in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.

      I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day. Please take care!

      Thanks,

      Tim

  18. Donna R. says:

    Is it alright to fly the Anerican flag, when it is raining outside? I want to fly the flag on 9/11/10 ( today) and it is drizzling. Is it disrespectable if I do this?

    • Timbo says:

      Hello, Donna. No, it’s not disrespectful to fly the American flag when it’s raining outside. Just make sure to take it down before it gets dark out, unless that is you’ve got a spotlight. Thanks!

  19. Gary D. says:

    No matter how you fold or store it, it is the greatest flag in the world, God bless our flag.!

  20. Jim Coats says:

    I am a old Marine and I fly the American flag with the Marine Corps flag underneath it. Question, when flying the American flag at half mask is it okay to leave the Marine Corps flag underneath it?
    Great website!
    Thanks for your response!
    A old Marine!

    • Sam says:

      When flying the US flag at half staff, there is no regulation for other flags on separate poles. On the same pole, you can either keep the Marin Corps flag lower than the American flag, or simply not display it on the day you fly the American flag at half staff.

      Hope that helps!

  21. Jimmy Nye USMC says:

    My flag is wind torn, beat up, and needs to be replaced.
    I do not know what to do with the old one. I will not put it in the trash. Oh yeah, Question #2, Which flag is better nylon or cotton?

    • Sam says:

      Jimmy,

      According to the Flag Code, any American flag that is worn, damaged or tattered beyond repair should be retired in a respectful and dignified manner. The preferred method is burning. This may shock some, since it is a well known fact that burning the flag is illegal. This, however, is an exception to the rule. You can burn the flag yourself, making sure it is done in a discreet and professional manner, or many organizations like the American Legion, the Boy Scouts Council and the Girl Scouts Council will perform a flag retirement ceremony and burn your flag for you. In this case, burning signifies purification and rebirth.

      Although burning is the preferred method, it is also acceptable to seal your old flag in a box or bag and bury it.

      For your second question, the middle portion of this page gives a nice comparison of flag materials: http://www.united-states-flag.com/outdoorflags.html

  22. Barb says:

    I thought I had posted this question already but do not see it or never got a response.
    I cleaned for a man that passed away. After the funeral service no one wanted the memorial flag that the military had placed folded in the casket at the viewing. (I think that he should have been buried with it since no one wanted it.) I was saddened that no family member wanted to Honor him by keeping the flag and had put it in a donation pile to goodwill. I have the flag and I don’t know what I should do to show respect to the deceased or the flag. It is a beautiful flag to just be destroyed. I have several questions. 1. what would be proper? 2. Can a folded military flag be flown? 3. Is there a program that would use this flag to replace a loss due to disaster to a family? (fire, tornado, flood?)4. I took it to the Veterans Hospital, they suggested it being destroyed. Please help me to do the right thing. I have it in a handled Zip lock handled bag and I was told that is against etiquette…Thank you.

    • Sam says:

      Barb,

      Sorry we did not respond previously! It is sad that the family did not accept this flag, as the proper ceremony would have placed the flag in possession of the deceased’s next-of-kin. Keeping the flag is meant to honor the deceased, as well as his service.

      In cases where there is no next-of-kin to accept the flag (which may include next-of-kin refusing the flag), a friend may keep the flag to honor the deceased, and may fly that flag on appropriate holidays. So, I don’t see any reason that you could not keep the flag, if you choose to do so. For proper storage, a display case may be your best option: http://www.united-states-flag.com/displaycases.html. If you choose to dispose of the flag, follow the guide here: http://www.united-states-flag.com/flag-disposal.html.

      For more information on flag etiquette, storage and disposal, please visit http://www.united-states-flag.com/flag-etiquette.html.

    • Theresa says:

      Barb,
      that is sad that people have not go any respect for our soliders our our country anymore I fly my flag 24/7 365 days a yr. I am so saddened over your story but onthe other hand thank god for peopel like you. I would have placed the flag in the casket or a good person like you keep it in his honor.

      I am fighting to have a flag flown in the grave yard 365 days where many veterans are where I live. You are a true American God Bless you.

      Theresa M Hodge
      Verona,KY

  23. larry mutsch says:

    We have erected a flag pole, purchased a flag and wish to fly it Memorial Day. Our friend a member of the VFW recently passed and his daughter wants us to display his flag. Is it possible to place two USA flag on the same pole, if so which would be raised higher?

  24. Dulce Nardone says:

    I have one of those pleated five stripe fans with the blue starred stripe as the center one for displaying outside. As it is not a flag per se I have a question as to whether it should be taken down at sundown or spotlighted to remain up during the night. Can you help me?

  25. Jeremy Davis says:

    In my 16 yrs of vexological studies I have simply found it blantly disresepectfull to fly any flag one atop another. In short when you do this you change the ”message” of the flag at the top, and the flag on the bottom. To keep this simple look at the u.s. flag and any state flag, when the u.S. flag is flown by a civilian it is usally for geographical love,respect and allegiance and with that the same can be said in regards to a civilian flying their respective state flag.But when you fly the u.S. flag at a Federal facility it repersants the Federal gov haveing sole control at/over that Federal agency.When the u.S. flag is flown over that of a state flag the message is: The Federal reigns suprteme over this state and its people.If the state flag is flown alone at a state facility then the message is: the state reigns supreme at/over this state agency/facility. When both flags are displayed on equal height poles and are of the same size this repersants the Federal and state have an equal standing concerning the affairs and role of thet state agency,and when the u.S. flag is positioned to the right of the stste flag this means the state will for the moment cede itself to the Federal concerning an issue pertaining to that agency. Any flag that was once that of a viable belegerant nation (eg: Texas and the Confederate States of America) deserve to be respected and flown on equal height poles and of the same size as the other flags in the display.You may be asking why? Because when those countries existed for all the world to see the people at that time existed and because of their existance then it is because of them as their posterty that we exist today, we are their heirs.All the heritage,the legands the legecies the folklore etc,etc(good and not so good) belongs to us. It is up to us to learn from them,is hind site not 20/20? The flag rules that have been passed down to us promote the Federal Gov as ”the” most supreme agency. In my oppion fly your state flag and take back the fact that the states and the people of the statesd created the Federal Gov.

  26. Doug Jarvis says:

    About twenty years ago I purchased a 5’x9′ military casket flag at a garage sale. I researched and found out who the veteran was that was honored with this flag and had his name added in the border between the grommets. We have been honoring this soldier every government holiday by displaying the flag across the front of our home. The flag is still in excellent condition except the blue is badly faded. How long can I display this flag before it becomes inappropriate? Can the blue be restored? It is a Valley Forge flag

  27. Theresa says:

    I hope someone can put me in touch with the Veterans so I may raise a question in regards to a flag pole in my town at a cemetery where they do not want to hang a flag all yr long or even during the times the flag should fly for the veterans in that grave yard.

    hodgetm42@insightbb.com

    Theresa
    KY

  28. dontshootjames@mail.com says:

    When hanging bunting at a military function, what is the propper prcedure? Does the blue go at the top?

  29. Sharon Fields says:

    I have heard that a veterans flag from his casket, once placed in a display case, should never be removed. is this true and why? I have my grandfathers in a case and recently my Dad passed and I now also have his flag. My husband is wanting to make matching cases for flags and military memorabilia so it will look nicer when displayed onmour wall. Just wondering about this rumor we have heard.

  30. Anthony Kniolek says:

    I am erecting a flag pole in front of my house to properly fly the American flag 24/7 (all weather and very well illuminated). I would also like to fly the U.S. Marine Corps flag (properly) underneath it. I am a civilian who has never served this country but my (deceased) father served in the U.S. Marines (3/3 Vietnam, ’67-’68) and I would like to do this to honor him and all the Marines. He never had a vertical flag pole and I think he would be proud if he could see mine. Is this appropriate for a civilian to fly the USMC flag? Would any Marines out there find this offensive if they knew the flag was being flown by a non-Marine? Thank you.

  31. Edward says:

    The best way to honor any and all patriots is very simple. Fly the American Flag correctly. Know the etiquette. No one in the United States is above one another. We are all equal, it takes every state to contribute to acheve success. It takes everyone to put the effort forward to solving our nations problems. We have to be “For the people” again. Not against each other. United we stand divided we fall.

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