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10 things to know about displaying the American flag

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All across America, people will show their love for America flying Old Glory. But did you know there are official rules with displaying the American flag?

While violating federal flag codes do not carry any penalties, you should know how to properly display it.

1. You can display the flag sunrise to sunset. If a flag is flown at night, it must be lit. Do not fly the flag in inclement weather.

2. If you are flying the flag from your porch or home, the union of the flag (the blue section with the stars) should be first from the building.

3. When the flag is on a flat surface such as a wall or window, the union should always be on the observer’s left.

4. The flag should be suspended vertically when flown on the street with the union to the north on an east and west street or to the east on a north and south street.

5. The flag should NEVER touch anything beneath it. This includes the ground, furniture or other flags.

6. No flag should be flown above the American flag. Period.

7. If you’re going to fly the flag on a vehicle or boat it must be firmly fixed on the right side. It can never be draped over the hood, top or sides.

8. The president dictates when flags are flown at half staff for national tragedies. For state-level matters, the governor can also make this call.

9. Yes, you can burn a flag in protest. Originally, there was the Flag Protection Act but in 1990 the Supreme Court ruled legal penalties for desecrating the flag was unconstitutional.

10. At the same time, burning the flag is the only way to properly dispose of it. If the flag is no longer serviceable, the flag must be folded and completely burned.

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