Displaying the United States Flag

Raising and lowering

The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

Time of day

It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

Weather

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

With other flags

The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

When flown at half-staff

The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

Destruction of Worn Flags

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

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