The US Flag Code lays out guidelines for how to display the American Flag correctly with respect and honor.
When you display a flag flat against a wall, which way should the stars face? What if you are hanging that flag outside, does that make a difference? Continuing reading for advice on how to display the American flag with honor.
What many people don’t realize is that there is a lot that goes into properly handling a flag than hoisting it up a flag pole. The US Flag Code even outlines the correct way to raise and lower a flag, along with setting it to half-staff.
When you do want to fly your flag at half-staff, raise it all the way to the top quickly and then slowly lower it to half-staff. The flag should also be raised back to the top before being lowered all the way down at sunset. You don’t want to simply hoist it half-way and stop. For more information on the difference between half-staff and half-mast, check out this article!
Flag etiquette is a very serious subject that people all too often don’t pay enough attention to. So many men and women have fought and given their lives to protect our flag, so we should treat it with the respect it deserves. That means always following proper flag protocol when displaying, folding and disposing of one.
And to answer the question from earlier, when you display a flag flatly against a wall, the union (or blue field of stars) should always face to the left. This goes for whether it is hanging outside, inside… anywhere!
For more ways to honor the flag, check out Five Ways Everyone Can Show the Flag Respect.