Spring and summer are the seasons to let those flags fly. Plus, with Memorial Day just around the corner, everyone should know and follow proper flag etiquette. Didn’t know such a thing existed? Well, it does! Here are a few easy pointers to remember if you choose to display our nation’s flag!
Time of Day
Flags should be displayed between sunrise and sunset. It only takes a moment to raise and lower it, so assign this task to a child as their daily chore, or be mindful and respectful of this rule.
When a flag does get lowered, it should never touch the ground. It should also not be able to touch other objects. And, when you do have it raised, nothing should be hanging above it. The U.S. flag should be the first flag that can be seen as it rises upward, and the last thing to be seen as you lower it downward.
As a sign of respect for those who have fought for our country (or anytime a death is being mourned by your personally or by the country), keep your flag lowered at half-staff. This is really important to remember on Memorial Day. You can easily find half-staff by raising the flag all the way up and lowering it downward until it sits precisely in a middle position.
Memorial Day Times
Also, when displaying your flag at half-staff, keep in mind that it should be hung this way until noon on Memorial Day. From 12:00 on, the flag should be raised back up to full staff. It is also recommended illuminating the flag in the evening if you choose to keep it up fully on this special day.
Many choose to display a flag indoors; especially if they have obtained a vintage flag created long ago (some even frame them). Just be sure to display it with the union visible to the viewer’s left and that it’s obviously right side up. Just an F.Y.I-if you even hang a flag upside down, it is a sign of distress!
Who knew there were so many rules when displaying a flag? Now that you are in the know, you can showcase your skills for the upcoming season! Plus, it makes for an interesting conversation and demonstrates how well-rounded you are as a host, decorator, and citizen!