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Frequently Asked Questions


The flag should be displayed on all days when the weather permits, especially on legal holidays or other special occasions. It is customary to display the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings or on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, on special occasions, it may be displayed at night, but only if it is spotlighted.



The flag can be flown any day of the year, but especially on these holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)

  • Martin Luther King's Birthday (third Monday in January)

  • Inauguration Day (January 20)

  • Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (February 12)

  • President's Day (third Monday in February)

  • George Washington's Birthday (February 22)

  • Easter Sunday (variable)

  • Army Day (April 6)

  • Patriot's Day (third Monday in April - regional holiday in New England)

  • V-E Day (May 8)

  • Mother's Day (second Sunday in May)

  • Armed Forces Day (third Saturday in May)

  • Memorial Day (traditional - May 30)

  • Memorial Day (observed - last Monday in May; half-staff from sunrise to noon, then full-staff)

  • Flag Day (June 14)

  • Father's Day (third Sunday in June)

  • Independence Day (July 4)

  • Purple Heart Day (August 7)

  • V-J Day (August 14)

  • National Aviation Day (August 19)

  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)

  • Patriot Day (September 11 - half-staff from sunrise to sundown)

  • Constitution Day (September 17)

  • Gold Star Mother's Day (last Sunday in September)

  • Columbus Day (second Monday in October)

  • Navy Day (October 27)

  • Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November)

  • Marine Corp Day (November 10)

  • Veteran's Day (fourth Monday in October; November 11)

  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)

  • Pearl Harbor Day (December 7)



  • The flag should be raised and lowered by hand on a flagpole. While raising it, unfurl it and hoist it quickly to the peak of the pole. It should be lowered slowly and ceremoniously.

  • The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor.

  • In a public gathering, in a lecture hall, auditorium, church, etc., the flag may be displayed on the wall above and behind the speaker. If flown from a staff on the speaker's platform or pulpit, it should be to the speaker's right and any other flags should be on his left. However, if the flag is displayed on the floor rather than the platform, on a level with the audience, it should be placed to the right of the audience.

  • When displaying the flag on a wall, either horizontally or vertically, the blue field should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, to the observer's left.

  • When displaying the flag over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the blue field to the north on an east-west street and to the east on a north-south street.

  • When displaying the flag suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from the house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out from the building toward the pole with the blue field first.

  • When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed so that the blue field is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

  • If the flag is displayed from a staff projected from a window sill, balcony or front of a building, the blue field should go to the peak of the staff.

  • When displaying the flag as a decal on the right side of a vehicle (bus, truck, plane, etc.), the blue field should be on the right.

  • When the flag is worn as a patch on the sleeve, the blue field should always be forward and the stripes trailing behind (as if the person is carrying it).



It is not illegal or improper to fly any flag (state, ethnic group, organization, etc.) alone but it is always preferable to display the US flag at the same time.

When carried in a procession with another flag or flags, the American flag should be at the right front of the column. When there is a line of other flags, the American flag should be in front of the center of that line.

When a number of flags are grouped and displayed from staffs, the flag of the US should be in the center or at the highest point of the group. When displayed with another flag from crossed staffs, the flag of the US should be on the right (the flag's own right), and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

The US flag is raised before all other flags and lowered last.

When flags of states or cities or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag, the flag should always be at the peak. When flown from adjacent staffs, the American flag should be raised first and lowered last.



When the flags of two or more countries are displayed together, they should be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the flags should be of approximately equal size. If it is not possible to display two or more national flags at the same height, it is not proper to display them together at all. In fact, it is forbidden in time of peace.



If displaying a group of flags together in a row, the order from left to right is: American flag, other national flags in alphabetical order, state flags, county and city flags, organizational flags and personal flags.

When the flags of the Armed forces are displayed, they should be arranged (from the viewpoint of the observer facing them) from left to right as Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

When displaying a group of flags, the American flag should only be in the center if the center pole is higher than the others.



Men and women should stand and salute the flag at the following times:

  • At the moment the flag passes in a parade or review.

  • Facing the flagpole during the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag.

  • Facing the flag when the National Anthem is played. If the flag is not displayed, all those present should face toward the music.

  • During the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Men should remove their hats with the right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, with the hand being over the heart. Women and men without hats should place the right hand over the heart. Women are not required to remove their hats. Those who are not US citizens should simply stand at attention.

Current flag protocol allows veterans to salute the flag as military personnel do, with a military-style hand salute, if they choose. If veterans prefer, they may hold their right hand over their heart, as civilians do.



To properly fold a flag, two people should face each other, each holding one end of the flag. Stretch it horizontally and fold in half lengthwise. Fold the flag in half lengthwise again, making sure the blue field is on the outside with edges held together. While one person holds the flag by the blue field, the other starts at the opposite end making a triangular fold. Continue to fold in triangles until the entire flag is in a triangle. Tuck the loose edge into the pocket formed by the folds so that only the blue field and white stars can be seen.



"Half-staff" is the point midway between the top and bottom of the flagstaff. The flag is flown at half-staff by order of the President of the United States upon the death of principle figures in the national or state government, other officials, leading citizens, or foreign dignitaries, as a mark of respect to their memory. The governor of a state, territory, or possession may also proclaim that the national flag be flown at half-staff.

Private citizens and non-government buildings may choose to fly their flags at half-staff to honor more local leaders or organization members. There does not need to be authorization from the government for the private sector to use the flag display to honor any citizen.

If one flag is at half-staff in mourning, other flags flown with it should be removed or also flown at half-staff.

When flown at half-staff on a vertical pole, the flag should be raised briskly to the top for a moment, then immediately lowered to the half-staff position. It should be raised to the peak again for a moment before it is lowered for the day.

With a telescoping pole, the flag can be placed on the second set of rings instead of the top set, so that the top set would be left empty.

For flags that can't be lowered, often flown at homes, the American Legion says that attaching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag, below the finial, is an acceptable alternative to flying at half-staff. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.

For wall mounted flags, three black mourning bows should be attached to the top edge of the flag, one at each corner and one in the center.



When a flag is old, worn, tattered, or frayed and no longer is in a condition befitting a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed privately in a dignified matter, preferably by burning. Many veteran and civic organizations, such as the American Legion or local VFW, will properly dispose of a flag at no cost, or can put you in contact with an approved disposal facility.



A flag can be made of nylon, cotton, polycotton, polyester, or two-ply spun polyester, depending on its use.



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Please note that a flag usually only has monetary value if it can be directly linked to a major historical moment.



It is acceptable to fly an older flag with fewer than 50 stars.



A Vexillologist is an expert on flags and ensigns. It comes from "vexillum" (plural is "vexilla"), which is a military standard or flag used ty ancient Roman troops.



Yes. They measure 5' x 9 1/2", rather than 5' x 8'.



Clean your flag regularly and inspect it to keep it in good repair. Do not place your flag where the wind will whip it against anything, and do not expose it to bad weather. Trimming and re-hemming torn ends will also help extend the life of your flag.

Synthetic material flags can be hand washed with cold or warm water and mild detergent, then rinsed and laid flat to dry. A wet flag should never be folded or rolled up.

Natural fiber flags should be dry-cleaned. Many dry cleaners will dry clean an American flag at no charge.



The flag should be at least 1/4 of the height of the pole.

Flagpole      Flag
20'................3'x5', 4'x6'
25'................4'x6', 5'x8'
30'................5'x8', 6'x10'
40'-45'..........6'x10', 8'x12'
50'................8'x12', 10'x15'
60'-65'..........10'x15', 10'x19'
70'-80'..........10'x19', 12'x18'
90'-100'.......20'x30', 30'x60'



April, May and June.



150 million.



95%.



China.



POW MIA flag.



Research - Whitney Smith, Website - www.flagresearchcenter.com.
Flag Appraisals - Dave Martucci, Website - ww.vexman.net



The flag market is quite consistent from year to year.



US flags continue to seel well, however, not to the level of 9/11.



July 4th and Memorial Day.



The U.S. flag should be on the congregation's left as they are facing the speaker/officiant.



FMAA members are flag manufacturers who ensure that 100% of the materials and labor that make their flags are Made In the USA. In order to meet the needs of their consumers, these manufacturers do their best to source other materials like poles and ornaments to sell complete flag sets and decorations. Quite often these items are either not available domestically or cannot be sourced to meet the price points consumers are willing to pay through the stores they prefer to shop. Some poles such as the small wooden dowels used for the festive stick flags cannot be sourced in the US any longer and must be purchased elsewhere. You can be sure that if you are purchasing an FMAA certified flag, 100% of the flag itself and its components are manufactured entirely in the USA.



On Memorial Day, the flag should fly at half-staff from sunrise until noon, and at full-staff from noon until sunset. For national or state figures:

  • Thirty days after the death of a President or former President;
  • Ten days after the death of a Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice or the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
  • Until the burial of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Secretary of a military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a state, territory, or possession;
  • On the day of and the day after the death of a member of Congress.



The United States Code is the official compilation of Federal laws of a general and permanent nature, divided into 50 titles by subject matter. Subject 4 is "Flag and Seal, Seat of Government, and the States."
Prior to Flag Day, June 14, 2923, there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States flag. It was on this date that the National Flag Code was adopted. However, it was not until June 22, 1942 (amended on December 22, 1942) that exact rules for use and display of the flag became Public Law 829, Chapter 806, 77th Congress, 2nd session.