The American flag symbolizes love, pride and freedom. It’s a reminder of America’s greatness. Often referred to as “Old Glory,” the flag represents all people of America.
When displaying the flag, it is proper etiquette to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset on all days weather permitting. The flag may also be displayed at night if it is illuminated with light.
Here are a few more guidelines for displaying “Old Glory”:
- When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally from a window sill, balcony or building, the stars of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
- When the flag is displayed either vertically or horizontally against a wall, the stars should be placed at the top of the flag’s right and the observer’s left.
- During time of national mourning, the flag can be flown at half mast by order of the President of the United States.
- When flown at half mast, the flag should be hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak before it is lowered at the end of the day.
The Flag Code is a national guideline on ways the flag is to be respected and states that no disrespect is to be shown to the flag of the United States of America.