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Flag Etiquette | Half-Staff Dates | What Size Flag Do I Need? | Outdoor Flag Types | Proper U.S. Flag Folding | Flag Construction

 

Flag Etiquette

The fundamental rule of flag etiquette is: treat all flags with respect and common sense.

The Stars and Stripes takes precedence over all other flags when flown within the United States. It should not be flown lower than another flag nor should it be smaller than another flag flown with it. Other flags may, however, be flown at the same height, it is not proper to display them together at all.

The point of honor is on the extreme left from the standpoint of the observer (“the flag’s right”). The order from left to right of flags flown together is: the Stars and Stripes, other national flags in alphabetical order, state flags, county and city flags, organizational flags and personal flag.

If one flag is at half-staff in mourning, other flags flown with it should be at half-staff. First raise the flags to their peak, then lower to half-staff. The Stars and Stripes is raised first and lowered last.
A salute (hand over heart for those not in uniform) should be rendered when the flag is raised, lowered, or carried by on parade; when the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, and when the national anthem is played (unless the flag is not present).

It is proper to fly the Stars and Stripes at night, but only if it is spotlighted.

No flag should be flown during weather that might damage it, based on a common sense interpretation of circumstances.

To extend the life of a flag, when it is torn it should be repaired and under no circumstances should a flag be folded while wet.

When a flag is no longer of dignified appearance and cannot be repaired, it should be destroyed in a dignified way (burned or sealed in a bag or box before being sent out for trash collection).

In a public gathering (lecture hall, church, etc.), the Stars and Stripes should be to the right of the speakers or on the wall behind them.

The canton of the flag (the blue “field” with 50 stars) should always be to the observers’ left except: 1) when displayed on a casket; 2) when displayed as a decal on the right side of a vehicle (bus, truck, plane, etc.); 3) when worn as a patch on the right arm (but use on the left arm is preferable).

The Stars and Stripes should be in the center of a group of flags only when: 1) the center pole is taller than the others or 2) when a fan-like arrangement makes the center pole higher than the others.

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

 

When to Fly Your American Flag at Half-Staff

Ever forget to fly your American Flag at half-staff on the designated dates?  It is very easy to forget and miss out on lowering your flag to half-staff.  Here is a list of important days to remember each year.

MAY:
Peace Officer’s Memorial Day
Memorial Day (until NOON only)
JUNE:
D-Day Anniversary
SEPTEMBER:
Patriot Day
OCTOBER:
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day
DECEMBER:
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

DON’T FORGET: The President can also declare the American Flag be flown at half-staff for any additional occasion that arises with a Presidential Proclamation.

What Size Flag Do I Need?

Ratio of Flagpole: The length of the flag should be at least 1/4 the height of the pole. For example, a 40′ pole requires a 6 x 10′ flag or larger. This guideline applies to poles 20′ and larger. Most residential flags are 3 x 5′ or 4 x 6′. The size of the pole is the determining factor.
Height to Flag Size

Pole      Flag Size
15′          3′ x 5′
20′         3′ x’ 5′
25′         4′ x 6′
30′         5′ x 8′
35′         5′ x 8′
40′         6′ x 10′
45′         6′ x 10′
50′         8′ x 12′
60′         10′ x 15′
65′         10′ x 15′
70′         12′ x 18′
80′         12′ x 18′
90′         15′ x 25′
100′       15′ x 25′

Pole Type

Commercial Grade – Flag Length should equal 1/4 pole height.
Residential – Use a 3′ x 5′ or smaller flag.
Roof-Mounted – Flag length should equal 1/2 pole height.
Outrigger – Poles to 16′, use 3′ x 5′; 20′ poles use 4′ x 6′.

For Poles with multiple flags – As a general rule, the total material of flags (height x width, For each flag) flown on the pole should not equal more than the total material of the flag indicated in the above chart.

 

Outdoor Flag Types

Korolex II (™)

(Polyester – High Winds and Daily Flight)
KORALEX(tm) II represents new and improved flag fabric tecnology. Made of 100? spun polyester, its 2×2 ply construction combines durability, strength, and flyability with a rich feel and look. These flags are ideal for extreme weather conditions without the excess weight. Ideal for high wind areas and for flying.

Perma-nyl (™)

(Nylon – Longest Lasting)
This heavyweight DuPont nylon is the most versatile and longest lasting nylon flag fabric available. Perma-nyl(tm)’s combination of strength and brillian display, along with its quick-drying ability, make it suitable for a wide range of applications. Great in rainy areas, its light-weight and close weave enable it to fly in the slightest breeze, giving the fullest visual effect.

Best(™)

(Cotton – Heavyweight)
Best(tm) is a traditional and great looking flag material. This natural fiber bunting is made of heavyweight 2×2 ply mercerized cotton. It combines extremely rich, vibrant, long-lasting colors and good wearing quality for excellent overall appearance and value.

Sentinel(™)

(50% Cotton, 50% Polyester)
Sentinel(tm) flags are 50% blend of both cotton and polyester. They offer the look of cotton and the durability of polyester. Sentinel(tm) flags are fully printed and exhibit brighter, more vibrant colors.

™ – A registered trademark of Valley Forge Flag.

 

Proper U.S. Flag Folding

Step 1 – To properly fold the flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

Step 2 – Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

Step 3 – Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.

Step 4 – Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

Step 5 – Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the edge, to form a second triangle.

Step 6 – The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

Step 7 – When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

As an Army and Navy custom, the flag is lowered daily to the last note of retreat. Special care should be taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the War for Independence. Into the folding, the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into the blue, as the light of day vanishes into the darkness of night. This custom of special folding is reserved for the United States Flag alone.

 

Flag Construction

Flag Construction Features

  • All flags are crafted from our special fabrics which are woven and dyed for flag use and exceed US Government Specifications
  • All flags 2’x3’ through 12’x18’ are suppled with the largest full filled embroidered stars for exceptional beauty. Flags 15’x25’ and larger offer full size sewn stars exceeding pertinent US Government Specifications.
  • In sizes 3’x5’ through 6’x10’ heavy white polyester canvas headings with nylon ropes and galvanized metal thimbles for added strength needed for larger flags. Brass grommets are used in addition to rope on headings of 10’x15’ and larger flags.
  • Our flags exceed US Government Specifications for material and workmanship. Unlike others, we use superior, bonded nylon thread for extra strength.
  • 100% Made in the USA