The American flag is the perfect finishing touch for any outdoor décor. However, this patriotic decoration comes with its own unique set of etiquette. Do you know how to display our flag with another? Or when to move it to half-mast? If not, don’t worry! We’re going to share some tips today to help you proudly showcase this piece for Labor Day and beyond.
The Stars and Stripes
Whether you have a flag pole, or you’re just looking to drape Old Glory for that patriotic effect, the 50 stars should always be in the same place. Otherwise known as “the union,” try to keep this section in the upper right-hand corner. Even when displaying the flag in a window, this standard holds true (from the exterior view). Obviously, the wind could shift this pattern, but since you’re supposed to have it exposed only from sunrise to sunset each day, you’ll have an opportunity to fix it. Of course, there are some festive exceptions where you’re allowed to keep the flag out 24 hours a day. But, anytime you’re displaying it at night, ensure it’s properly illuminated.
Highs and Lows
When displaying multiple flags simultaneously, be sure to keep American’s standard higher than the rest. In terms of ceremony, this should be the first one you raise and the last to be lowered. Whether you’ve got other state pennants to display, or logos, or decorative pieces, you can use the same pole—provided the American flag’s featured prominently at the peak. With multiple posts, one should always be slightly higher than the rest, and remember to keep right. Technically speaking, no other flag should be to the right of Old Glory. Even when you’re crossing staffs, as you would to create a crisscrossed wall display, not only should our flag fall on the right side, but also its staff should be on top. It may seem small, but all of these steps are meant to show respect to the symbol of our country.
Half-Mast and More
There are certain situations where the flag needs to be flown at half-mast, or sometimes not flown at all! If you don’t have an all-weather (or synthetic fiber) flag, then you should be prepared to lower it any time we have inclement weather. Even if it’s just a dark, cloudy day, you may need to illuminate it properly. When it comes to half-mast rules, though, that can get even trickier.
Of course, there are some days where it should always be half-mast. Holidays like Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Patriot Day (September 11th), and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th) are always honored this way. However, the President can also declare a nationwide half-mast day in response to a national tragedy or the loss of a key American figure. To find the full list of holidays associated with this practice and even sign up for an alert to help you stay on top of things, visit this website.
Adding an American flag to your home’s exterior can be a great way to highlight your patriotism! Keep this symbol of our nation looking its best by displaying it prominently outdoors, while bringing it inside when the weather calls for it. If you need additional tips on when to lower your flag, or how to incorporate it alongside others, check out the link in our blog. For all of your other exterior home needs, we’ve got you covered!