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How to Properly Display the Flag

Many want the patriotic privilege of having the American flag flying in their yard. While anyone can build a staff, there are certain rules that the government has set out in regards to how the emblem should be treated. Below are the most common questions citizens have and their answers.

  • Are there any rules that should be followed when displaying the flag?
    There are four rules to keep in mind. No matter what country in the world it is from, no banner should be hung on the pole above the American flag. The second is no other flag should be larger than the national emblem. The third is this country’s pennant should be raised first and lowered last. The fourth is that the flag should always be lit, either by the sun or electric lights.

  • Do I really have to destroy my flag if it touches the ground?
    No. If the flag touches the ground, it does not matter. If it is dirty or in need of repair, clean it with mild soap and fix any tears. If you have a flag that is very dirty and tattered, the code stresses the importance of retiring it from service. It is suggested that you burn it and your local fire department can help you with this.

  • Why are flags flown at half-mast?
    This is usually a sign of mourning. Out of respect for the services they provided for the world, when the death of a President, Vice President, Chief Justice, or Speaker of the House occurs, the banners of all the government buildings are lowered halfway down the poles.
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    Eastern Shore Flag Poles Write review for this local business
    404 N Talbot St, Saint Michaels, MD 21663
    (410) 745-5173  
    Our store sells a wide variety of flags and banners with patriotic designs, sports teams, and nature themes. We include installation and repair of aluminum, fiberglass, and wood flag poles.
    US Flags & Foreign Flags & Poles Inc
    1 review: *****
    124 Providence Ct, Centreville, MD 21617
    (410) 758-8677 Write review for this local business

    "All services was great, Really fast response with great prices on what I was looking for. ..."
    Bald Eagle Flag Store
    2 reviews: *****
    181 Kings Hwy Ste 103, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
    (540) 374-3480 Write review for this local business

    "Bald Eagle Flag Store has the best selection of high quality flags and the service is excellent. The U.S. flags that I purchase from the flag store last about 18 months. ..."
    Thomas Shade Inc Write review for this local business
    12067 Tech Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904
    (301) 680-2500  
    The Sign Shop Write review for this local business
    11244 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
    (301) 946-6200  
    Metro DC Pflag Write review for this local business
    1701 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
    (202) 450-3605  
    Kengla Flag Company Write review for this local business
    4708 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste 100, Washington, DC 20016
    (202) 363-1610  
    Alamo Flags Pavillion Write review for this local business
    1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW Ste 123, Washington, DC 20004
    (202) 289-3969  
    Georgetown Flag Co Write review for this local business
    1075 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 337-4399  
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    7306 E Furnace Branch Rd, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
    (410) 766-6106  
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    1401 Decatur St, Baltimore, MD 21230
    (410) 528-1350  
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    2134 Generals Hwy Ste A, Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 266-0691  
    Fastsigns Write review for this local business
    1907 West St Ste 101, Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 263-7446  
    Timsco Inc Write review for this local business
    5300 Beech Pl, Temple Hills, MD 20748
    (301) 423-1900  
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    301 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202
    (410) 625-2212  
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    1980 Chain Bridge Rd, Mc Lean, VA 22102
    (703) 760-9300  
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    900 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21202
    (410) 528-8250  
    Shop for Flags Write review for this local business
    201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
    (410) 347-3524  
    National Capital Flag Co Inc Write review for this local business
    100 S Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 751-2411  
    Mat Concepts Write review for this local business
    8181 Penn Randall Pl, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (301) 669-1800  
    Handyman On Call Write review for this local business
    1319 Kingsbury Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
    (443) 837-5931  
    Haxel F W Flags & Banners Write review for this local business
    23 Fontana Ln, Rosedale, MD 21237
    (410) 918-9304  
    Instasigns Write review for this local business
    57 Aileron Ct, Westminster, MD 21157
    (410) 848-2900  
    Waldorf Signs Inc Write review for this local business
    12391 Kaine Pl, Waldorf, MD 20601
    (301) 843-8679  
    Frederick Sign & Banner Co Write review for this local business
    18 E 6th St, Frederick, MD 21701
    (301) 663-9122  

    Some choose to fly the American flag outside their homes or offices to show their patriotic pride. Others invest in decorative pennants that celebrate their alma maters or banners that promote their businesses or favorite teams. To meet this demand, a number of flag and banner companies have been founded which create special interest options, like Confederate flags, custom models for corporate events, and world flags that celebrate one's heritage.

    While American flags continue to dominate the market as emblems of United States identity; it is possible to procure the emblem of any country of the world through online and local stores. Such stores typically carry all the necessary accessories for displaying the banner, including aluminum or fiberglass poles and kits containing string to hang them with ease. Larger poles, such as free-standing models outside public or religious buildings, will often require professional installation of the mast and surrounding lighting, which can be carried out by most contractors.

    For those who wish to further display their patriotic pride, decorations that feature the colors of a country's flag are also available. For military parades, bunting and bows in red, white and blue are a common sight. These decorations need not adhere to the strict customs regarding the display of a country's official flag, and can therefore be used in more creative ways.

    Professional repair and cleaning services are available for those who own flags with special historical or personal importance. These companies take pains to restore old national banners, state and Confederate flags to their former glory, while treating them with respect and maintaining their original materials. For many, the symbolism behind flags merits an extra degree of respect in terms of the way they are treated and displayed. Companies that manufacture, install and repair flags work to ensure that respect is maintained.



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