Displaying and Honoring the Flag of the United States


The U.S. Flag should always be displayed in the most prominent, most honored position. No other flag should ever appear more important.

  1. On a Wall: The U.S. flag should be displayed with the union uppermost and to the observer’s left.
  2. In Multi-National Flag Displays: The U.S. flag is to be displayed first-to “its own right”-followed by the flags of all other countries (at equal height and in alphabetical order) to the left (observer’s right) of the U.S. flag.
  3. Among Subordinate Flags: The U.S. Flag should be at the center and the highest point-the position of prominence.
  4. Displayed From a Staff: The U.S. flag should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and to the speaker’s right (facing the audience). Other flags should be displayed to the speaker’s left.
  5. On a Pole: When several flags are flown from the same pole, the U.S. Flag should always be at the top-except during church services by naval chaplains at sea then the church pennant may be flown above the U.S. Flag on the ship’s mast.
  6. At Night: When the flag is displayed twenty four hours a day, it must be properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
  7. On a Lapel: When the flag is displayed as a lapel pin, it should be worn on the left lapel-near the heart.
  8. Among Peers: When flags from two or more nations are displayed, the U.S. flag should hold the position of superior prominence in time of peace. Each flag should be of equal size and flown at the same height.


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