It has comes to our attention, the Woodlands Civic Association, that there are some houses that are displaying the American flag incorrectly. So to insure the proper display of our American Flag, the Woodland’s newsletter has included some of the rules for your benefit. You may also inquire on additional rules on the Internet. http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/docs/flagdisp.doc
- When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
- The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's own right [that means the viewer's left --Webmaster], and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
- The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted 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. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of the United States.
- When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the right of the flag of the United States (the viewer's left). When the flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the US flag at the mid-point and the other flag below.
- When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
- When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
- When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out.
- When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.
- That the flag, when carried in a procession with another flag, or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
- The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
- When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace. The order of precedence for flags generally is National flags (US first, then others in alphabetical order in English), State (host state first, then others in the order of admission) and territories (Washington DC, Puerto Rico, etc.), Military (in order of establishment: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), then other.
- When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience). Please note that the old guidelines differed from this updated and simplified one.
- When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
- When hung in a window, place the blue union in the upper left, as viewed from the street.
The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:
New Year's Day - January 1; Martin Luther King Day - Third Monday in January; Inauguration Day - January 20; Lincoln's Birthday - February 12; Washington's Birthday - Third Monday in February; Easter Sunday (date is variable); Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May; Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff) - May 15; Armed Forces Day - Third Saturday in May; Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) - Last Monday in May; Flag Day - June 14; Father's Day - Third Sunday in June); Independence Day - July 4; Korean War Veterans Day - July 27; Labor Day -- First Monday in September; Patriot Day - (half-staff) September 11; Constitution Day - September 17; Gold Star Mothers Day - Last Sunday in September; Firefighters Memorial Day, (half-staff) Sunday before or on October 9th.; Columbus Day - Second Monday in October; Navy Day - October 27; Election Day - First Tuesday in November; Veterans Day - November 11; Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November; Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff) - December 7; Christmas Day - December 25; State Birthdays Holidays; Election Days and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
This past August, it became necessary to replace the American flag at our front entrance. Longtime Woodlands resident and community leader, Lt. Col. Corky Morris (US Army, Ret.) volunteered to demonstrate proper flag etiquette to Cub Scout Nicholas Bellino and his sister, Sophia. Nicholas and Sophia are the son and daughter of Woodlands residents Mike and Debbie Bellino. Also attending, Lon Eckman, current Woodlands civic association president along with his wife, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Bonnie (not pictured). We would like to thank all involved for their contributions in helping make this a family-friendly community with a strong sense of civic involvement.
Photographs courtesy of Debbie Bellino
Photographs courtesy of Debbie Bellino