The Flag Code


The federal law known as the "Flag code" is a guide for handling and displaying Old Glory. Here is a review of the code's guidelines.


  • It's OK to display the flag 24 hours a day, but you should illuminate it from dusk to dawn.
  • Hoist it briskly and lower it slowly and ceremoniously.
  • Be sure to bring your flag in out of the rain and snow, unless is is made of an all weather material.
  • If you would like to display a flag on your car or truck, affix it to the chassis or clamp it to the right front fender.
  • The blue and white stars field-known as "the union", should always be up at the top of the flag if it's on a staff or pole, uppermost and to the observer's left if the flag is being displayed horizontally or vertically against a wall.
  • Bunting is an acceptable patriotic display: arrange it with the blue portion at the top, the white in the middle and the red at the bottom.
  • The flag should be kept from touching the ground, floor, water or anything beneath it.
  • When a flag becomes worn and is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way. One way to do that is to give the flag to a local VFW for proper disposal.