Important Flag Information

Caring For Your Flag

No matter which flag you buy, whether an American Flag or a flag for your state, you can extend the life of your flag by keeping it in good condition.  Here are some simple steps to take:

1. Keep your flag clean - You can wipe the flag with a damp cloth. You can also hand wash the flag with mild soap. Then line dry.

2. When flying your flag be sure it can fly freely and without obstruction.

3. When storing your flag, make sure it is completely dry and properly folded so it stays neat.

Rules and Law American Flag

The Federal Flag Code

The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code Title 4, Chapter 1 referred to as The Federal Flag Code.  This outlines how a flag is to be treated, displayed, disposed of etc.  You can download a summary/report of this code prepared for Congress.

The Federal Flag Code Summary

Properly Displaying an American Flag

*”The Union” refers to the blue field on the U.S. Flag

Displaying Outside

  • When displaying the flag from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is half-staff.
  • No other flag should be placed above it.
  • The flag should only be displayed between sunrise and sunset.
  • It can be displayed at night if it is illuminated.

Displaying Inside

  • When displaying indoors, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right.
  • Place to the speaker’s left.
  • When displayed with other flags it should be the highest point and center.

 Displaying On A Wall

When the flag is displayed against a wall vertically or horizontally, its union should be at the top, to the flag’s own right and to the observer’s left.

Properly Folding Flag

Here is the correct method for folding the United States Flag. This is from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. You can download a pdf with these instructions:

Flag Folding Instructions Download

Disposal of American Flag

 According to The Federal Flag Code:

"The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

Although there is no specific procedure or ceremony outlined, it is implied such disposal be done with respect since The Federal Flag Code talks about the respectful treatment of the American Flag.

There are many organizations in your community that will dispose of your flag if you prefer. These organizations include Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

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