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 flag's right, (meaning the viewer's left) 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
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 arope 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 shouldbe 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 centerof that
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
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.
13. When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
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