Flag Flying Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on January 29, 2010

in Flag Etiquette

flag flying etiquette

Flags were not created to sit in boxes wasting away. Flags were created to fly high and proud! Flag flying etiquette and flag pole etiquette are crucial when ensuring you are giving your nation’s flag the upmost respect. General flag flying etiquette and flag pole etiquette apply to most nations and can be found below.

* The order the flag appears on the pole and the height of the flag indicate the superiority (with the most important flag being on top or being flown the highest). Therefore, the nation’s flag is at the top, with the state flag underneath it. As the United Nations represents every country in its membership equally, they present their flags in alphabetical order.
* Flags should never be allowed to drag on the ground. Keep this in mind when mounting your pole!
* Flags should be removed and replaced when they become torn, tattered or faded. They should then be destroyed in a respectable manner, usually by burning in a dignified, private manner (flag disposal etiquette can be found here).
* Research should be conducted to ensure the flag is being flown the correct way up. Flying the flag upside down means several things, one such meaning being “distress”.
* Understand that the flag is not merely a piece of cloth; it represents a nation, team or entity. The people of that nation, the members of the team, or those behind the entity view their particular flag with a great sense of pride and belonging. Therefore, when you see someone else’s flag flying, treat it with the same respect you wish others would treat your flag.

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William May 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm

When flown next to the Texas Flag, which side should the American Flag be on when looking at the front of the business building?
Can both above mentioned flags be at the same height?

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