Flying & Displaying Multiple Flags

Rules of thumb to follow when flying and displaying multiple flags – American flag, state flag and/or company flags – in different situations.

Often times at corporate offices, government buildings, or even small businesses, several flags are displayed at once. The US Flag Code establishes protocol on how to properly fly more than one flag at a time.

  • Three side-by-side poles and the US Flag, state flag and company flag: when looking at the display, from left to right, the US flag should be placed on the leftmost pole, the state flag in the center pole and the company flag on the far right pole
  • Three side-by-side poles and the US Flag, state flag and a POW/MIA flag: when looking at the display, from left to right, the US flag should be placed on the leftmost pole, the state flag in the center pole and the POW/MIA flag on the far right pole. However, generally the POW/MIA flag is flown under the US Flag on the same pole
  • Three side-by-side poles and the US Flag, another nation’s flag, and a state flag: from left to right, the US Flag, the nation’s flag, followed by the state’s flag
  • Three flags and one pole: from top to bottom, the US Flag, POW/MIA flag, state flags, US territories, followed by military flags. Two national flags can never be on one single pole; the two flags must be the same size and height

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According to the Flag Code, it is never acceptable to fly a company flag, corporate banners or other form of branding/advertising on the same pole as the US Flag; you will need to have a separate flagpole to display both flags at one time.

A rule of thumb: when there are three poles the same height, position the flags left to right as described above. However, when a center pole is taller than the others are, prominence of flag is center, then left pole then right pole.

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187 Replies to “Flying & Displaying Multiple Flags

  1. The flags shown in the photos of the two flagpoles at the Clivan Bundy story about states rights show the American flag on the bottom of the group of flags on one of the poles.

  2. The POW/MIA should be immediately to the left of the American flag, then the state flag to the left of the POW MIA flag. The POW MIA is looked at as a flag with higher precedence than any state flag.

      1. That is not completely true. The Christian flag may be flown above the American flag, especially during times of worship. Remember, we are one nation, UNDER God.

          1. when I WAS BORN we were one nation, “e pluribus unum” . The “under god” line was added in the fifties because of the red scare. A trumped bunch of malarkey by the arms manufacturers and the religious right attempting to circumvent our constitution

          1. You are correct in that there is no Christian flag; however, there is a church pennant (called church pennant regardless of the denomination) that can be flown above the US Flag during worship services.

          2. Yes there is. Christian Flag
            From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

            The Christian Flag
            The Christian Flag is a flag designed in the early 20th century to represent all of Christianity and Christendom,[1] and is used by Protestant churches in North America, Africa and Latin America.[2] The flag has a white field, with a red Latin cross inside a blue canton. The shade of red on the cross symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary.[3] The blue represents the waters of baptism as well as the faithfulness of Jesus.[4] The white represents Jesus’ purity.[5] In conventional vexillology, a white flag is linked to surrender, a reference to the Biblical description of Jesus’ non-violence and surrender to God.[6] The dimensions of the flag and canton have no official specifications.

  3. You are confusing to me. The first statement says that The rule of thumb when flying multiple flag is US flag, State flag and compamy flag I assume on one pole……..then below that you state that you fly the US flag, MIA flag, and then the State flag. Where does this come from. The State of Texas declares that NO Flag is to be flown above the Texas flag, Except the US flag. So who is Right and Where do you get your information. The State flag is part of the United States of America, therefore should fly directly below the US flag and NO the MIA flag. Show Me…please, just Show me so I can be convinced. Thank you.

    1. The flag is required by law to be displayed on or near the main administration building of each state institution during each state or national holiday, and on any special occasion of historical significance,[2] permanently above both doors of the Texas State Capitol, alone at the north door, and under the U.S. flag at the south door, with the exception being if the flags are at half mast or if the POW/MIA flag is being flown with the U.S. flag; in which event the Texas flag shall only fly at the North Door.

  4. Help me for I think this is correct..(1).US flag, then MIA flag…(2)STATE flag, then MIA flag. OK, are these two ways correct?? Now, do you put the MIA flag first, then the US flag?? NO. Sooo, now do you fly the MIA flag and the STATE FLAG underneath?? NO. Someone please explain to me Why the article above say that the MIA flag goes between the US and the State flag…Everyone is confused because indeed, the MIA flag goes directly underneath the US flag, BUT, you do not fly the state on the same pole..If the State flag is flown with the US flag, then It becomes Next inline and then the MIA flag. good grief.

  5. What is the proper way to display the flags : when the U.S flag is in the middle (flags would be USA, POW and all military flags)?

  6. I have a flagpole that is equipt to display a flag from both sides. I have both an American and Confederate flag I would like to display. What is the proper way to do so? Do I hang them from the same side with the Confederate flag below the American or may I hang one from each side?


      1. Incorrect. The Texas Flag may fly at the same height as the American Flag as the State of Texas was a Country before it became a State.

    1. Why would anyone want to fly a confederate flag with the United States Flag? The UNION won the war. The confederate flag was defeated, taken down, sent back to its origins. It is a symbol of slavery and oppression and significantly harmful to the memory of those brave men from many continents who gave their lives freeing a significant part of our nations people and preserving the union

      1. The confederate states did lose the war a war that was not about slavery but free trade and as usual politicized by adding slavery and why would anyone want to see the Lincoln Memorial the only president to turn our military against our own people, that would make that monument very offensive as more Americans died in this war than any war in history. So why would you fly the confederate flag for the same reason you would honor any American who defended their state and or country. Or we can continue to be the land of the offended and those of us who served can continue to be disrespected

  7. Just a question….When hanging the U.S. flag from the ceiling, I understand the blue field of white stars should have the flag facing North (or East). If you have multiple rows of foreign country flags, some of which may be flown “North” of the U.S. flag, do those flags face North as well or should they face the U.S. flag?? I suppose the whole issue could be avoided by placing the U.S. flag in the northerly most row of flags, then all flags would face North. -Just want to do it right. Thanks!

    1. 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. In our 30 years of business we’ve never heard anything about the flags facing North or East. One thing to make sure of is that all other flags are of the same size or smaller than the American flag when you do this and that the American Flag is the first in the row of flags. I hope this was helpful.

      For visuals on how it should look hanging from the ceiling, refer to here

  8. When displaying multiple flag starting with US, military and state on house eve. How far apart should they be in respect to there size and should they all be the same size?

  9. My son is preparing his Eagle scout project. Our fire dept has a 20 ft flag pole. My son wants to add two more flag poles. They will be in a row. Facing the display he wants to put a 25 ft pole on the left of the existing 18ft pole and another 18ft pole on the right. The US flag would be on the left pole (25ft) the state flag in the middle (18ft) and the fire dept flag on the right. Is this proper flag etiquette?

    1. If there are 18 ft poles and 25 ft, the American flag, on the 25 ft pole, should be in the center flanked by the other flag poles. The order should be (Left) State flag, American flag, fire dept flag. The etiquette is left to right only when all flag poles are the same size. When one is larger than the other two, that one should be in the center with the American flag flown from it.

      1. When you are saying left to right with even height, is that “left to right” as you are outside of the building (in front of the building), looking at the front OR standing at the building looking out?

        1. It would be left to right as you are outside and looking at the front of the building. So if people were passing by the building they would see the flags displayed from left to right. I hope this helps!

  10. All I want to know is when flying multiple flags what is the proper height spacing between the American flag and the others? I have two versions: The US flag should be “slightly higher” than the others and the other is the US flag should be “1/2 it’s width” above the others. Is there a specific rule?

  11. I have an American Flag flying from my house my husband wants to fly an Army flag we were both Army does the Army flag have to fly lower or same as American Flag. Please help big argument here

  12. I currently fly the Stars and Stripes and the Lonestar (TX) flags on same Staff. I want to also fly The USMC banner, is it proper to fly on same staff, if yes, what is the order?

    1. Dustin,
      There is no specific etiquette to answer this question but we did find this.

      When the United States flag is displayed with the flags of states of the union or
      municipalities and not with the flags of other nations, the federal flag, which
      represents all states, should be flown above and at the center of the other flags.46

      Where there is only one flag pole, the federal flag should be displayed above
      state or municipal flags.47

  13. When facing the entrance of a government building that has two flagpoles (one on each side of the entrance)
    which pole should the American flag be flown (right or left) ?

  14. We have 3 flag poles at a building we are going to occupy, but 2 of our companies are going to occupy the building. If the American flag is on the left, the state flag is in the center, can we put both company flags on the 3rd pole?

  15. During the Suoerbowl and my local parade, the US flag was carried by the right most bearer with military flags to his left, equally high and forward. I thought the US flag should be higher, center and forward to others if possible. Thank you for your comment.

    1. From the reasreach we have done, we see that it has been both ways. There isn’t a specific rule for this etiquette-wise but we firmly believe that the American flag should be to the far left with miltary flags to the right. Thank you for your question!

  16. I am dedicating my new flagpole to police officers who have died in the LOD. There will be a formal dedication/flag-raising ceremony. In addition to the US Flag, I wish to fly a flag representing officers down: a black flag with a thin blue line across it. Is it appropriate to fly this flag from the same staff as the US Flag, or would I need a separate flagpole? On occasion I would like to fly a USMC flag in honor of my father. May this flag be flown from the same staff as the US Flag? Thank you.

  17. Ok I’m confused, 3 pole arraignment. Center pole is highest. looking from road to building,
    State, USA, Fire Dept.
    Am I right?

  18. I have two flag poles and want to display 3 flags: US flag, State flag, and a corporate flag. Which 2 flags should fly on the same pole? It’s one of the following:

    1st pole: US flag; 2nd pole: State flag and corporate flag underneath…OR
    1st pole: US flag on top and State flag underneath; 2nd pole: Corporate flag.

    Please help!!

  19. So we have a 3 pole display. 1 national 1 state and 1 pow/mia. Question is: the center pole is the highest pole so it is a definite that the national is flown her. However, the 2 poles that plank the center/highest are thw same size. on what side should the pow be flown? on what side should the state be flown?

  20. I have a crosstree flag pole and i know the American flag goes on the middle the highest point , now on which side do i fly the state flag and which side do i fly the company flag . facing the pole do the state flag goes on the left or on the right ?

    1. All research we have done on this has not lead us to any conclusion. There is no written etiquette on this currently. The best we can suggest is do what you think is most proper and go with it. While in our opinion it would seem closest to putting three flag poles up which would be state flag on the left and company on the right.

  21. Ok, so this gets confusing … Please help . I have 1 pole. It’s in the center of my yard. I fly the American flag, I also wish to fly the Law Enforcement flag, the blue line, and would like also to add the army flag as both my children one in the army and one in law enforcement. Can I fly all 3 together on one pole. I have the American as the highest and which would go next ? Thankyou….

  22. How many flags can i fly from one pole? The reason im asking is there are four flags that i want to fly, U.S, Stars and Bars (official Confederate), POW/MIA, and Fire DPT. Can I fly all of them on one pole or do i need two. The flags are 2×5

    1. Do you mean 2×3 or 3×5? Those are standard flag sizes. However, we recommend you get two flag poles as once you get over 3 flags the pole can start to look a little overloaded.

    1. It all depends on the size of flags you’ll be flying. Our recommendation is a 15 foot pole but there isn’t any written etiquette on this so you can use your own discretion.

  23. At our CT State Veterans Memorial Park, We have two flag poles… One with the American Flag and one with the CT State Flag. We want to add the Pow/Mia Flag.
    Do you put the Pow/Mia Flag under the American or the CT State Flag?

  24. I have the American Flag in my front yard on a 25 ft pole..Can I fly a airborne military flag below the American Flag ?

  25. I want to put up one flag poll for three flags. American Flag and two military, USMC, and Air Force. I was in the USMC and my son is going to BC for the Air Force. Does it matter what comes next under the American Flag the Air Fore or USMC? thanks.

  26. A Trailer park for Seniors in Texas has three flag poles same heights front of office. They display US flag, Canadian flag then the Texas flag. Is this wrong cause I told them it’s not right they will correct them than in a few weeks they will go back to Canadian flag in center.Please help really bothers me.

    1. Nora,

      On page 15 of the guidelines we follow, it states:
      “No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy.”

      We hope this answers your concerns and for further detail please refer to our guidebook at

  27. I’m flying 3 flags in front of my home. US to left facing home, MIA/POW middle and my Army flag far right? Is this correct?

  28. I am flying US flag and POW flag on eave of my house with 2 separate poles. When I’m facing my house, looking at the flags, should US be to the left of the POW? It’s very frustrating to see some images of the US flag on the left and some images on the right.

      1. HI,



  29. With all I’ve read, there appears to be a lot of rules in the flying flags. This has me somewhat concerned of possible ‘legalities’ in an arrangement I’ve contemplated though not seen mentioned. For ‘fun’ I thought to raise 3 branded flags outside my garage; Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi (the Volkswagen Group). I am a bit of an enthusiast. Those who know me (via social media) would not be at all surprised to find these waving above my place, and in doing so it would make for a fun little, ‘here I am’ kind of thing. Are there any actual rules against one doing so? With so many technicalities to consider, I’d hate for my hobby end in fines -it’s not like it doesn’t keep me broke already. lol

  30. Hi. I want to fly the American flag and the Irish nation flag on the same flag pole. I am going to make the American flag a 4×6 which will be on top and underneath it will be the Irish flag 3×5. Is this ok?

    1. Are you sure about this? I thought that when there are two nation flags flown, one cannot be above the other on the same pole, in time of peace.

  31. Is it permissible to fly a professional sports franchise flag on the same pole with the american flag ? I hope not !!

    1. If two poles, American flag on the left and Marine on the right. If same pole just make sure the American flag is of the same size or bigger than the Marine flag and flying above it.

  32. We have the US flag, state flag, POW/MIA flag, organization flag and 2 league flags. As we do not have enough room on the side of the stage, I would like to place them behind the guest speakers and poduim. Is this permissible and if so, what would be the finished order?

    1. The US flag should always be to the speakers right if it is located on the same level as the speaker. The US flag should be the first in the line to the speakers right. We find no information relative to the order of the other flags that you mention.

  33. If there are three poles, all the same height, the American Flag is on the left pole, the state flag in the middle and the company flag on the right. If this is the display, do the State and company flags have to be displayed lower than the American Flag?

  34. If you are flying the US Flag, can you fly the LGBT flag under it on the same flag pole? Thank you for any advice you can provide.

  35. I have read the American flag should not touch a flag below it i.e. A US Army flag. If that’s true I sure don’t see that with multiple flags on the same pole. Please clarify that statement.
    Thank you.

  36. If you have a current US flag and an historical US Guilford flag (with 13 stars flown in NC in 1781), which flag flies higher or can either one be higher?

  37. If there are two flag poles, is it proper to utilize only one pole, with a single flag, and leave the second pole flagless?

      1. when at a football stadium, there is a Big US flag on a pole, but another US flag is marched in during pre-game cerimony. Which flag should we face when the National Anthem is played?

  38. Can a Police “Thin Blue Line” American Flag be flown on a fence post beside an American Flag?
    Flag poles will be mounted on a privacy fence. Are they mounted at the same height or how much below the American Flag?

    1. If more than one flag is presented, other flags should not be flown above (or higher than) the US flag. If you are facing the US flag the additional flag should be to the right of the US flag. Thanks!

    2. Aren’t flags like the Blue Line, Red Line, Green Line versions against the flag code?

      I feel as though it’s an insult to the flag.

  39. Our development consists of hundreds of homes along with a golf course and clubhouse. There are 3 flagpoles at the entrance with American flag, 5 feet lower the Canadian flag and 5 feet lower the state flag. From outside the development, the American flag is properly shown to the viewer’s left and others to its left. However, from within the development and from the point at which the flags are raised and lowered, (the front of the display) the order is reversed. The developer says the order is correct because of viewing from a road outside the development. Our veteran’s club says the solution should be flying the American flag from the highest pole in the center so it looks proper from all directions. What do you think? Thank you

    1. We could find no information relative to the placement order viewing flags from the outside to the inside of a property. We would tend to agree with the veterans club… with the exception of the information below.

      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.

  40. Is it ever appropriate for there to be a row of multiple American flags behind a speaker? Is it appropriate for there to be a row of American flags in front of a business on the street?

  41. could you present the idea of flying other flags at half mast while the American at full-mast so as to honor those in the recent tragedies, but show unity above all.

  42. I am seeing a Purple Heart flag displayed with the Stars and Stripes, the Texas Flag and a corporate flag. I think the Purple Heart flag has no actual standing but would think that if the company gives it such then from the street it should be the following on three equal height poles.
    US, Texas, Purple Heart with the corporate beneath it.

  43. I work on a university campus in Texas. There are multiple entrances to campus. The main entrance is on the south side of campus and has two flagpoles of the same height displaying the US flag and the Texas flag. There is another entrance on the north side of campus that has three flagpoles displaying the US flag, the Italian flag, and the Texas flag. Should the flags at the north entrance be displayed properly as viewed from the main (south) entrance, or as viewed from off campus to the north facing south?

    1. Hello Tod, We could find no specific information on your question regarding viewing the flags from various positions. We did find information regarding the order of the flags at the north entrance:

      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.

      This link will take you to the complete: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions about the US flag.

  44. I have on flag pole. We fly a large US flag. We want to fly a company flag below it. Is this proper, or a definite no no?

    1. The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

      However this is in the code as well:

      § 5. Display and Use of Flag by Civilians; Codification of Rules and Customs; Definition.
      The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to Sections 1 and 2 of Title 4 and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

      Of course it is your call, but unless you are committed to having your corporate flag on the same flagpole I would consider not doing it.

      We hope this helps.

  45. I work at a Corp. In Tennessee that has two Flags Poles and they have the American flag on the right and the state flag on the Left with the corporate flag under the state flag and both the American flag and state Flags are at the same level. Is this correct?

    1. This information from : U.S. Flag Etiquette 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.

      This link will take you to complete Flag Etiquette

      According to the above information you are flying them correctly.

  46. I work at a corporation in Tennessee that has two flag poles out Infront of the offices so if you’re standing out by the road the state flag is on the left with the corporate flag beneath it and the US flag is on the right and the US flag is at the same level as the state flag. Is this correct?

    1. The Federal Flag Code does not purport to cover all possible situations. this link to complete Federal Flag Code
      Position and Manner of Display.
      The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be
      on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right.
      Our assumption would be when you are viewing the flags from the road that the US flag would be to the left and others to the right of it.

  47. I have a double flag trailer hitch pole mount on the back on my Jeep, will be flying an American flag and a all black thin blue line flag. Which flag should go where?

  48. I have a POW/MIA American flag. Can I fly it alone or do I fly it under a Regular American Flag. (POW MIA is on Amer can flag field, not the black field).

  49. I saw a display today of three equal-in-height flag poles that had the American flag on each of the outer poles and a Texas (state) flag in the center. It looked wrong… Is it?

    1. Well from what we know it seems odd. However in the US flag code it does state this.(see below)

      §5. Display and Use of Flag by Civilians; Codification of Rules and
      Customs; Definition.
      The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the
      display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use
      of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to
      conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the
      Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of
      this chapter shall be defined according to Sections 1 and 2 of Title 4 and Executive
      Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

      This seems to offer some “wiggle room” if you are not a government entity.

      Find the complete flag code here:

  50. Hello as a high school we are hosting a Canadian team and would like to fly their flag alongside the US flag and POW/MIA. We have three flagpole but the center one is taller. How should we display theses three flags?

    1. 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. If we understand this correctly you should adjust the taller pole to be the same height as the US, and then the order of the flags from left to right would be: US, Canada, then POW. Hope this helps!

      Find the complete flag code here:

  51. I have one 25′ pole. On the top position is a 4×6 American flag and below is a 3×5 Gadsden flag. Is there protocol for the distance between the two flags. Specifically, the distance between the bottom grommet of the American flag and the top grommet of the Gadsden.

  52. I have a 25 foot and a 20 foot flag poles that are being installed in front of a new school…The 25 foot should carry the American flag and be to the left when looking straight to the building? correct?

  53. I have three flag poles, center is the taller one. The US is in center, but looking from the street to building, what side would another country flag and religious flag go on?

    1. Assuming the other two flag poles are of equal height, the other country flag would go on the left and the religious flag would go on the right with the American flag in the taller center pole. So when looking from the street it would go other country, American flag on tallest pole, and religious. We hope this helps!

  54. We have a flag pole holder on our front porch that allows for two flags (one on top). We want to fly the american flag on top hole and the Canadian flag on the bottom hole. Would people be offended? I read the earlier comment about in times of peace, you don’t do this but I’m not so fussed there. Just don’t want to cause a situation with our neighbor and visitors.

    1. If you only have one flag pole, the proper way to display the flag would be to fly the American flag above the Canadian flag. If you had two separate flag poles you would fly them at the same height and the American flag would be flown on the left most pole. We hope this helps!

  55. We have two flagpoles of equal height at our park, and we fly the American flag and the Canadian flag. What is the proper positioning – left or right – for our country’s flag (viewing from the street) and Canada’s? The flags are of equal size, and we know that they fly at the same height, but someone always says it is wrong. The commander at the VFW even gave us the wrong information, so we were directed to your website – HELP! Please?

    1. If both flagpoles are of even height, then the American flag should be flown on the far left pole with the Canadian flag to the right. So when looking at the two flags from the street you would see the American flag first, and the Canadian flag to the right at equal heights. We’re providing a link to the flag etiquette page of our website, which will provide you with some great visuals as well!

  56. We fly three flags, the American Flag at the uppermost center position of the main pole and then a state flag and a fire department flag on the two lower positions off a yardarm (on land). Is there a specific side that the state flag should be placed on when flying below the American flag?

  57. if the POW/MIA Flag is flown on the same pole as the American Flag the order is American flag on top then the POW/MIA flag then the State flag. may special interest groups such as the LGBT flag be flown on the same pole?

  58. Dear Collins Flags,

    You are so patient to answer all of the etiquette questions, thank you!
    My Irish girlfriend would like to have the U.S. flag and the Irish flag mounted in her house. Would mounting them at the same height on two poles on the front side of her house be correct? (The U.S. flag on the left as viewed from the street). Is each flag being 2′ x 3′ the appropriate size?

    1. Information that we found: The US flag should always be on its right. The POW/MIA or other flag flies on its left, which is the viewer’s right, facing the motorcycle.
      When flying just the US flag or several flags, the US flag can be at the center, flying higher than the others.

  59. I have dozens of locations with a single pole where I fly the US flag with our corporate flag below. Recently I have had a few customers challenge us on it being acceptable. This has been my response:

    Good morning and thank you for your attention and honor of our country and Flag. We are very proud and honored to display our Flag as a show of support of our country and it is not meant in any way to be disrespectful to anyone. We have done extensive research in relation to Flag etiquette. My flag experts agree with you that on the same staff a preferred smaller flag is to be displayed with honor and the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown. That being said; there are many that suggest that a corporate logo is not an “advertising sign” but rather a show of solidarity toward the flag that it is flying under. It has been our practice that our current display is acceptable and we have proudly flown this we for many years with pride.
    Is this acceptable? Even the companies that produce the flags don’t know!

    1. You raise some good questions and there seems to be no hard and fast rule in many cases. The “official” flag code as we understand it, was developed for Federal and state agencies.

      So as we read the code “civilians” (see below) have a different standard than Federal and state entity’s. View complete flag code at this link:

      § 5. Display and Use of Flag by Civilians; Codification of Rules and
      Customs; Definition.
      The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the
      display and use of the flag of the United States of America is established for the use
      of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to
      conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments of the
      Government of the United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of
      this chapter shall be defined according to Sections 1 and 2 of Title 4 and Executive
      Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

      Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

      As to the question is it a corporate flag or advertisement seems not to offer a solid answer.

      I believe if I were flying our flag with no intention of disrespect and someone challenged me on proper etiquette… I would ask them to show me it the flag code where they got their information.

  60. if you have two flagpoles in front of a building side by side which pole should the American flag be flown on if you are viewing it from street view entering the building. i need an answer as soon as possible

  61. Question: We have 3 flag poles. One in the center is the highest. The ones on the left and right of the center are the same height. These poles are in centerfield of a baseball stadium. We are wanting to fly 4 flags. The American, Tennessee, POW , and our school. I know that the American goes in the center. What should the order be?

      1. Thank you for looking into this. I assume that since there are no rules in the Flag Code that as long as the multiple flag display is not intending any disrespect, that pretty much any display will work.

        Thanks. I appreciate what you are doing on this blog.

    1. I wonder what the protocol is if there are simultaneous but different religious services being conducted while the ship is at sea?

  62. When two or more national flags are carried in formation from outside to be posted inside in holders at floor level and in front of speaker’s platform, are we correct in posting the American flag first, then other national flags. Also, in retiring with same flag situation, is it correct to retire the American flag last? I’ve read all inquires and this particular subject has not been mentioned. Thanks. John

    1. Not positive about your question. However if the speaker is on a platform the US flag should be placed to their right, I would assume other world flags as well. If placed at the audience level just the opposite would be correct. All other things being equal is the movement of the flags is done respectfully the chance of someone being offended will be minimal. Good luck.

  63. What is the proper order of display (4 separate poles)?
    American Flay
    An Appeal to Heaven Flag
    State Flag
    Christian Flag


  64. I see businesses with a large number of flags (anywhere from 6-12) with American flags, State flags, corporate flags, or even other national flags all at the same height. (Usually five ft all the way thru) Often, they are every other spacing, or every three peats, One very popular restaurant just has them randomly placed all around with no pattern. It feels to me these businesses have them more for decoration than anything else. I see a lot of guidelines on three poles, or displaying a different flag on multiple poles,, but what is the rule for displays of large volume, but repetitive flags?

  65. I have one 30-ft. pole and need to fly the USA flag and our state flag. We are a state governmental agency and I know that the US flies on top with the state flag below. My question is how big should each flag be?

    1. Recommended flag size for a 30′ pole would be a 5’X8′ flag. There is no rule on what size flags to fly….but the flag below the US flag is not to be larger than the US flag. You could do a 4×6′ US and a 4×6′ state. Another good look would be to go one size down on your state flag. 4×6′ US and a 3×5′ state flag.

  66. I would like to display three flags on three different poles. Looking at or facing the three flag poles how do I display: THE AMERICAN FLAG–THE CANADIAN FLAG — THE FLORIDA STATE FLAG.
    I have read all your reviews but still confused. I am a Woman Marine and need to know the proper procedure. Thank you and Semper Fi

    1. In order of prominence U.S. then Canada (these flags should be at the same height and the same size). Then FL state flag. I hope this helps. Thank you for your service to our country!

  67. Have three flags to fly US,Pow/Mia,Army. A,m I correct if I display Pow/Mia to left, US center,US Army right

    1. Assuming all three flagpoles were of the same height, you would display the US flag on the left, followed by either the POW flag and the US Army flag in the center and to the right. If the center pole is higher than the other two poles, then you would fly the U.S. flag on the highest flagpole with the POW and Army flag on either side of the U.S. flag. We hope this helps!

  68. A quick question. I work at a public university in Texas. Can we fly the US flag, state flag, and university flag on the same halyard?

    1. Absolutely! To fly these flags on the same halyard, you would display them with the US flag as the top flag, followed by the state flag of Texas, and then the university flag as the bottom most flag on the halyard. Great question!

  69. If you are putting two flags I’m going flagpole I know the American flag is on top I question is how far below do you place the second flag

  70. I went to work for a company that has 3 flag poles with the center pole higher than the 2 flag poles on either side. The poles on both sides are of equal height. Am I correct to put the American flag in the center-higher position, the state flag to the left when looking at it and then a company or other flag to the right?

  71. We have 3 flag poles.There are the same side,same heights.From the left to right are: US flag,Vietnames flag,Religion flag. Is this right?.Thank you.

  72. On occasion at our school we raise the US flag in honor of a veteran. Sometimes people present us with a 48 star flag from a loved one who served in World War II. Would it be proper to fly the 48 star flag on those occasions as our only US flag or should we fly it under the current 50 star flag? Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Jeffery, there are 27 legal flags that have flown throughout our history. No U.S. Flag ever becomes obsolete. A 48-star flag is still and always will be a legal flag and may be flown at any time.

  73. At my synagogue, we fly the US Flag and the Israeli flag. As I’m facing the pulpit (The flags are on the two opposite corners of the pulpit) does the US flag go on the left (I guess it would be called “stage right”)?

    1. Yes, the U.S. flag should be on the far left from the viewpoint of the spectators looking towards the display and would be on the right if you were on the pulpit and facing towards those who are in attendance. Hopefully this helps you!

  74. I have a question I hope someone can answer. I’m installing two flagpoles in my front yard. I have four flags i want to display. I am retired Air Force and a wounded warrior. I have the U.S. flag, Department of the Air Force flag, Retired Air Force flag and a wounded warrior flag. The wounded warrior flag if not the one from Wounded Warrior Project . It is black and white and looks similar to the POW/MIA flag. My question is how to display them in the correct order of presidence. Correct me if I’m wrong. The U.S. flag and Air Force flag on one pole and the other pole does the Retired Air Force flag fly on top then the wounded warrior flag below it or is it the other way around. Any guidance will be great. Thank you.

  75. What size flags should I use with a 30 ft pole. Intended flags will be U.S Flag and the state flag on the same pole.

    1. The maximum flag size for your situation would be a 5′ x 8′ US flag with a 4′ x 6′ state flag underneath. Much more than that and you could risk stressing the integrity of the pole.

  76. I am opening a business and what to fly the US Flag, POW*MIA, and DTOM. All on the side of the building with the pole mounted at and angle. Would it go US in middle above the POW MIA on right and DTOM on left? If so how much higher do I mount the US flag bracket then the other 2?

    1. The positioning of the US flag, if it is in the middle, would have to be higher than the other two poles. If they are all the same height in a row, then the US flag would be placed on the left. The US flag should be mounted 3′-5′ higher than the other flags.

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