The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:
When two or more nation’s flags are flown together, each flag should be displayed from a separate pole of the same height and each flag should be of equal size.
There is no greater insult than to fly a flag upside down.
Within the U.S., when the USA flag is flown with flags of other nations, the poles should be the same height and in a straight line. The USA flag is always placed in the position of honor, i.e. to its own right when facing away from the building, followed in alphabetical order by the other nations’ flags. The USA flag is the first to be raised and the last to be lowered.
Flag designs do change and care must be taken to ensure that the flag you fly is correct and current. The most comprehensive source for this information is the Flag Research Center, Winchester, Massachusetts.
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoistered to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. The term “half-staff” means lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.
The National Anthem is devoted to the United States flag.
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming. Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight' O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming. And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave. O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
On the shore dimly seen, thro' the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses. Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream; 'Tis the star-spangled banner: oh, long may it wave. O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand, Between their loved homes and the war's desolation; Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land Praise the Power that has made and preserved us as a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"; And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Tune: Anacreon in Heaven
Written by Francis Scott Key
on September 14th,1814
United States Flag Introduction
United States Code Title 36 Chapter 10 is known as the Flag Code. It gives the instructions on flag use, when to fly and how to discard a used non-usable flag. The proportions of the Flag are set down by the law.