Sunday—American Flag 101

It's flag time!

Get your flag on!

American Flag Etiquette

Parts of the Flag

from the Gettysburg Flag® Works

A.  Header—Strong fabric used to reinforce the edge of the flag

B.  Grommet—A reinforced hole in the header used for mounting the flag

C.  Canton, Field or Union—the blue field with stars

D.  Fly End—the edge of the flag opposite the header

E.  Fly—the edge of the flag at the bottom

F.  Hoist—the header edge of the flag that is mounted to the flagpole


  • When hung horizontally or vertically against a wall or in a window, the flag must be flat with the union (stars) uppermost & to the viewer's left, like this... 
from Country Living Magazine

  • When flown with another flag, the American flag should be placed like this...
From Country Living Magazine

  • The flag 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 flying cross-staff, the American flag should be positioned like this...
From Country Living Magazine

  • If flown at night, the American flag must be illuminated.

How to Raise & Lower the Flag
  • Raise the flag briskly, while lowering the flag slowly & ceremoniously.
  • On Memorial Day, fly the flag at half-staff until Noon to show respect for fallen soldiers; then, raise it to full staff.
  • When hoisting the flag to half-staff, raise it to the peak for an instant, then lower it to the half-way position.

Fold the Flag

Dos & Don'ts

  • Don't use the flag as clothing or as an accessory
  • Don't mark or label the flag
  • Don't let the flag touch the ground
  • Do wash flags in cool water with mild detergent
  • Flags damaged beyond repair should be disposed of in a dignified manner (cut up, recycled, burned)

U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Section 176. Respect for Flag

• Old • Glory •

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