When displaying a flag vertically in a window or against a wall, the union field should be highest and to the right of the flag. (The observer's left is the flag's right.) Unless the flag is at half-staff, the union should be at the top of the staff when shown from the front of a building. The union should be below the bottom of the staff when shown from the side.
There are two ways to display a flag: with all six flags attached or separately. When displayed with all six flags attached, the arrangement should be symmetrical, with the blue border surrounding a white center. This type of flag should never be used for commercial purposes. When one or more of the flags is not to be flown, it or they can be held at half-staff. These flags are called "half-flags".
Flags can also be separated into groups of three or more, which can be flown simultaneously. These flags are usually represented by three equal-sized pieces of cloth sewn together at the hoist end. The central piece may have a single color or pattern, such as red, white, and blue for an American flag. However, many national flags have multiple colors and designs within their flags. For example, the flag of Spain has five different colors: red, yellow-red, green, orange, and blue-white.
1: No other flag or pennant may be flown above the US. 2: When displaying a flag vertically in a window or against a wall, the union field should be foremost and to the right of the flag. 3. When displaying a flag from the front of a building, the union shall be at the highest point of the staff, unless the flag is at half-staff. In that case, the union should be below the half-staff mark.
4. The national flag should never be used as a bedspread, curtain, or rug. It is recommended that you purchase a piece of cloth with the appropriate size for your purpose.
5. The proper way to care for your national flag is important because it will help preserve its beauty and longevity. Regular cleaning is required to ensure that no dirt or debris has been allowed to accumulate on the flag. If it becomes soiled, simply wash it like any other item of clothing. Do not use any kind of solvent to clean the flag because this will destroy its unique color and pattern.
6. Do not wear clothes that have buttons or pockets when handling the flag. These items can come off on the flag and might be difficult or impossible to get back on.
7. Do not hang the flag up by its grommets. This is not recommended because they could come out over time.
8. Do not fold or crumple the flag while it is being displayed.
The union should be highest and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left, whether exhibited horizontally or vertically against a wall. When shown in a window, the union or blue field should be to the left of the observer on the street. If the flag is being used as a background, it should be fully extended.
The staff should be held upright and positioned so that the upper end rests on the shoulder. The handle should be straight with the thumb sticking out. Round sticks are used instead for ceremonial purposes.
The flag should be raised and lowered using hand signals. This is necessary because you cannot see the flag when it is flying inside a building.
When not in use, the flag should be stored vertically in a well-ventilated place, not hanging from a ceiling. It should be cleaned regularly.
American flags can be flown daily between 07:00 and 18:30 during summer months (except on federal holidays). In winter, they should only be flown for a week at a time. The flag should be taken down each night after use and stored with its handle inwards to prevent damage.
When the flag is not flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or outside. The most common way to display the American flag is by having each star represent one hundred thousand Americans who died in the war.
Other methods include burying the flag with its stars upward, folding it once width-wise then again length-wise then wrapping it with tape or rubber bands until it can be put in a casket. Burial at sea is also available but must be done properly under maritime law.
When displaying the flag ceremonially, it is customary to pass out handkerchiefs to those present so they may cover their faces and cry. This is especially important when observing Memorial Day and Veterans' Day.
After it has been displayed for some time, water tends to cause the material of which the flag is made to deteriorate more quickly. So, after a while, parts of the flag may need to be replaced or repaired. This does not mean that the flag is no longer honorable; it is just that it is showing its age.
Old flags should be treated with respect. Do not use them for covering up furniture or other objects because this is disrespectful to our country and its people.