The American flag, embodies the ideals, sacrifices, and unity of a nation that has been through numerous challenges to stand as a beacon of freedom and democracy. Respecting the American flag goes beyond displaying patriotism, it also reflects our shared history and values. Below is 10 way to ensure you're always giving the American flag the respect it deserves!
- Never dip the American flag. Dipping a flag is when you tilt a flag downward in front of a person or thing as a sign of respect. The U.S. Flag Code states that the American flag should never be dipped.
- Avoid using the American flag for decorative purposes. American flag buntings and other decor are available to be used as patriotic decorations instead. Displaying the flag respectfully on a flagpole is not considered decorative and is acceptable to do.
- For example, you should never use the American flag as a tablecloth or drape it over a podium that someone will be speaking at.
- Don't use the American flag as part of a costume or clothing.
- Never draw on or mark the American flag in any way. This includes writing words on the flag, drawing numbers or symbols, or attaching any kind of image to the flag.
- Never let the flag touch the ground. Always be prepared to grab the flag with your hands when it reaches the bottom of the pole.
- Fly the flag at half-staff on special occasions. Flying the flag at half-staff means flying it halfway up the flagpole.
- Raise the flag to the peak of the staff first before flying it at half-staff. Do the same when you go to lower the flag from half-staff at the end of the day.
- Raise the American flag first and lower it last. If there are any other flags around, they should be raised after the American flag and lowered before it so the American flag is flown the longest.
- Shine a light on the flag if you’re displaying it outdoors at night. Take the flag down at sunset if you don’t have an outdoor light to keep it lit up in the dark. You can put it back up at sunrise. We offer several lighting options that can meet your individual needs.
- Display the American flag higher or the same height as other flags. Make sure no flag from any state, community, or society is flying above the American flag you’re displaying. Additionally, International flags are to be flown at the same height as the American flag.
The American flag is a representation of the nation's history and deserved to be treated as such. It has witnessed triumphs and trials, progress and setbacks. Respecting the American flag is an act that embodies gratitude, unity, and a commitment to the nation's principles. By upholding the flag's honor, we uphold the values that make America a land of opportunity and democracy, ensuring that it remains unwaveringly strong!