Proper flag etiquette

Displaying the Flag:
24/7: When displaying the U.S. flag properly 24 hours a day, it must be properly illuminated during darkness.
On The Same Staff: U.S. flag is always on top, above all other flags.
Grouped: The U.S. flag always goes to its right. Flags of other nations are flown at the same height.
Marching: U.S. flag is to the marchers right and the observer’s left.
On Speaker’s Platform: The flag must be above and behind the speaker and mounted on a staff to the speakers right.
Over A Street or Against A Wall: When suspended vertically, the Union (stars) face north or east depending on the street direction.
Half Staff: On special days, the flag may be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset and should be hoisted to the pole’s peak for an instant, then lowered to the half-staff position. When taking flag down, it should be again raised to the pole’s peak then lowered.
On Memorial Day, the flag flies at half-staff from sunrise until noon and then is raised.
*NEVER SHOULD THERE BE ANY OTHER FLAG(S) ON A POLE WITH THE U.S. FLAG WHILE AT HALF STAFF.
Special Flag Rules:
– Do not let the flag touch the ground
– Do not fly the flag upside down unless there is an emergency
– Do not carry the flag flat, or carry things in it
– Do not use the flag as clothing
– Do not store the flag where it can get dirty
– Do not use it as a cover
– Do not fasten or tie it back, allow it to fall free
– Do not draw on or mark on the flag
For more information on proper flag disposal, purchasing flags or if you would like to join one of our organizations, please contact the Meeker V.F.W. Post 5843, Auxiliary and American Legion Post 74 at 970-878-3758 or stop by 4th and Main in Meeker. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month starting at 1730 (5:30 p.m.), all veterans are welcome.
References: www.vw.org/community/flag-etiquette, www.military.org.