American Flag Etiquette

Displaying The American Flag At Half-Staff

When flying the american flag at half-staff, the american flag should be raised to the top of the staff for an instant then lowered to the mid-way point of the staff (half-staff). The american flag is flown at half-staff for the remainder of the day. It should be raised to the top of the staff again before lowering the american flag at the end of the day.

In the event of the death of principal figures of the united states government and the governor of the state, territory or possession, the president may order the american flag to be flown at half-staff as respect for their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the american flag is displayed at half-staff in accordance with the presidents instructions or orders or in accordance with recognized customs or practices, not inconsistant with law.

The governor of a state, territory or possession of the united states may proclaim that the national flag be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a present or former official of that state, territory or possession.


When To Fly The American Flag

Our national flag should be displayed on all days that there is no danger the weather will damage it. It not only shows respect for our national symbol, but prolongs the life of the american flag. It is customary to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings or on a stationary flag pole in the open. However, it may also be flown at night if it is properly illuminated.

American Flag Days To Remember

NEW YEAR’S DAY…………………………………January 1
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY………………..Third Monday in January
INAUGURATION DAY…………………………..January 20 (every 4 years)
LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY………………………..February 12
PRESIDENT’S DAY……………………………..Third Monday in February
WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY……………….February 22
EASTER SUNDAY……………………………….Variable
ARMY DAY……………………………………………April 6
V-E DAY……………………………………………….May 8
MOTHER’S DAY…………………………………..Second Sunday in May
ARMED FORCES DAY…………………………Third Sunday in May
MEMORIAL DAY…………………………………..Last Monday in May
FLAG DAY……………………………………………June 14
FATHER’S DAY……………………………………Third Sunday in June
INDEPENDENCE DAY………………………..July 4
LABOR DAY…………………………………………First Monday in September
V-J DAY………………………………………………..September 2
PATRIOT DAY………………………………………September 11
CONSTITUTION DAY…………………………..September 17
COLUMBUS DAY…………………………………Second Monday in October
NAVY DAY…………………………………………….October 27
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DAY…………First Tuesday after first Monday in November
U.S. MARINE CORPS ANNIVERSARY…November 10
VETERAN’S DAY………………………………….November 11
THANKSGIVING DAY…………………………..Fourth Thursday in November
PEARL HARBOR DAY…………………………December 7
CHRISTMAS DAY………………………………..December 25

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