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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