How to display the flag?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by PhantomWorks, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. PhantomWorks

    Seattle WA
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    Heard a few years ago when hanging the American flag, either horizontal OR vertical that the star/blue section always are supposed to be to the left.
    All soldiers arm patches have it to the right...

    What is the correct manner?
  2. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy
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    all i know is if whitney houston dies it goes half mast.
    not when soldiers die the same day but if its a star then we should honor them.sorry it chaps my hide.

    East Portland
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    Depends on how it is being observed. Flag Rules and Regulations

    8. When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. 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. 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.
  4. branson4020

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    Arm patches are not flags. They are emblems. If an actual flag is displayed as a banner (hung against a wall, for example) where only one side is visible, then the stars should be in the upper left as you face the flag. Its not the law, just flag etiquette.
  5. coctailer

    Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA
    I run with scissors.

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    The flag on a soldiers arm is worn on the right arm.
    The stars are oriented toward the front of the soldier. (reversed)
    This is how the flag would look if flying on a pole held by a soldier running into battle.

    The full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is worn so that the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.

    The rule dates back to the Army's early history, when both mounted cavalry and infantry units would designate a standard bearer, who carried the Colors into battle. As he charged, his forward momentum caused the flag to stream back. Since the Stars and Stripes are mounted with the canton closest to the pole, that section stayed to the right, while the stripes flew to the left.
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