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The proper way to hang an American flag

June 27, 2012

The fourth of July is just a week away and a lot of you will probably be hanging up American flags at your business, or home, or perhaps a flag is already on display from Memorial Day. And while we love some good 'ol American pride, it might be wise to note that there are a lot of rules and regulations that go along with hanging the American flag correctly.

According to the Betsy Ross homepage, found at, the following rules must be obeyed:

1. If the American flag is displayed with another flag, such as a state flag, the American flag should always be on top. If the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the American one should be hoisted and then lowered last.

2. If a flag is flown outward from a building or house, the union part of the flag (the stars portion) should always be placed on top (unless the flag is at half-staff).

3. When the American flag is not being flown from a staff or pole and laying flat against a wall or building, it has to be flat and the union portion should be "uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street," the website stated.

4. When the American flag is flown with one from another nation, they have to be flown from separate staffs of the same height.

When you're ready to take down the flag, there are also rules on how to properly fold it. According to the website the steps are as follows:

1. Fold the flag in half width-wise twice.

2. If done by two, then the blue field should be facing the bottom on the first fold.

3. Fold up a triangle, starting at the striped end ... and repeat ... until only the end of the union is exposed.

4. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the folds.