How to properly display an American Flag

As we near the occasion of The Healing Field, sponsored by Old Second on Nov. 3-13, 2013, here is information on the proper display of a flag.

The United States flag should always be treated with great care and respect. In order to properly preserve, display, and discard a United States Flag, it is imperative to know proper Flag Code.

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There are certain rules to follow when it comes to how the flag is displayed. The United States flag must be on a staff if it is being displayed on a float in a parade. Never should the flag be laid over the hood nor the top, sides, or back a vehicle, train, or boat. If a flag is displayed on car, it should be secured from the right fender.

When the U.S flag is displayed with other flags or pennants, no other flag should be flown higher or to the right of the United States flag. In the same sense, if the flag is displayed along with State flags, localities, or pennants of societies, it should be in the center/at the highest point if flown on individual staffs, or at the top if on the same halyard.

Flying the U.S flag midst flags of other countries, the flags should each have their own staff, the flags should be the same size, and the flags should all be flown at the same height.

It time of tragedy, mourning, or recognition, the flag may be flown at half-staff. When hoisting the flag, it should sit at its peak position for a moment before being lowered to half-staff. The same process should be followed when lowering the flag. In the instance where a flag is used to cover a casket, it should be placed so the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. However, the flag should never be lowered into the grave or touch the ground at any time.

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