Here are a few basic guidelines to keep in mind based on the U.S. Flag Code:
Always make sure the flag never touches the ground or anything below it.
Do not display the American flag in inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
If you want to fly the flag after sunset, keep it well lit.
When you hang the flag vertically on a flat surface, make sure the Union (blue section) is on the observer’s left.
Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform.
The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. (Disposal of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony)
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Additional Flag Information
Many people have questions about flag etiquette.
Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition
Time and occasions for display
Position and manner of display
Respect for flag
Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing of flag