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Flag Etiquette:
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How to Display your Flag Indoors vs. Outdoors

How to Display your Flag Indoors

During display, your flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of any group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display. When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag. When displaying your flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, its union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.


How to Display your Flag Outdoors 

When your flag is displayed 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 at half staff. When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag (that of a state, community, society or Scout unit) the flag of the United States must always be at the top. One exception is that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea. 

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building. 

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flagpoles of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor to its own right. The other flags may be smaller, but none may be larger. No other flag should be placed above it. The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last flag lowered. 

When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.



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