Rules for Displaying the Flag

The posting of the colors at the 2017 Hays County Livestock Show and Expo. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

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If you are thinking about displaying an American Flag to commemorate Memorial Day or similiar holiday, please remember that there are set protocols for Old Glory.

The Flag Code is an intricate set of rules compiled by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives.

While there are no penalties in place for displaying the flag in ways that go against the rules; guidelines are in place to showcase the utmost respect for Old Glory.

To display the flag the way it is intended, follow these suggestions from the American Legion.

• Do not display the flag on days where weather is inclement unless you are using an all-weather flag. While most banners feature a resistant material, using one in questionable conditions can lead to early degradation.

• Display the flag at half-staff when the president or governor orders it.

• Display the flag vertically when it is not positioned on a staff. Hang the banner so the blue union is upper- most and to the flag’s own right (to the observer’s left).

• Do not allow the flag to touch the ground. The Flag Code says the banners should not touch anything beneath it. While accidents may occur, the idea is that the historic symbol

is properly illuminated.

• Fold the flag in the shape of a triangle. When performed correctly, the blue union should be the only visible part of the flag.

The Legion also suggests that to honor the life of a fallen veteran or highly regarded state and national figures, draping a flag over the casket can be used as tribute.

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