Haverford Township Information Center - Courtesy of 4th Ward Commissioner Dan Siegel

U.S. Flag Etiquette

The flag, the symbol of our nation, should be handled with care and according to the U.S. Flag Code. The following summarizes how to display and dispose of a flag. (Courtesy of Real Simple magazine, July 2013)

  • What is the proper way to display a flag?
    • You may fly it from a pole, attach it to a wall with tacks, or tape it over a window.
    • Do not tie it to a tree, or drape it over the side of a car, train or boat.
  • How do you fold a flag?
  • How should the flag be oriented?
    • The stars should always be in the upper left-hand corner.
  • When may I display a flag?
    • If it's inside, all the time.
    • If it's outside, it should be illuminated at night by a spotlight, street lamp or garage light, or taken down at sunset.
  • What do I do if the flag looks worn?3
    • Repair small tears with a needle and thread.
    • Dry-clean stained or dirty flags.
  • When should I replace a flag
    • Replace the flag if it becomes frayed along the edges or the red stripes fade to pink.
  • How do you dispose of a flag?

Local American Legion posts include:

    • Nunan-Slook, Post 338
      2200 Grasslyn Avenue
      Havertown, PA 19083

    • Manoa, Post 667
      1112 Steel Road
      Havertown, PA 19083
      Phone: (610) 446-9986

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