Flying the flag on your farm is a very patriotic thing to do. But did you know the rules you need to follow to fly the flag correctly?
But up front, you should know that in the USA the flag code is technically US Federal law, but there is no prescribed punishments for not following these rules – other than getting people in your community upset and angry for you not doing the right thing!
You should also know that no one can stop you flying a US flag. In 2006 the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 officially became law and makes it illegal for any body to stop a person from flying the flag.
Rules for Flying the Flag in the USA!
There are lots of rules (here is the whole set) – but the basic ones are these:
- The flag has to be flown with the union (the stars) at the top. The only time you can fly it upside down is if you need to signal that there is some dire case of emergency.
- The flag has to be flown at the top of the pole if flown with local or state flags. The flag must be larger or at least the same size as the other flags.
- If flown with the flags of other countries, each flag needs to be the same size and flown on different poles.
- The flag should be displayed during the day, and all effort should be made to illuminate it if flown at night.
- Once your flag becomes badly worn that it is no longer ‘a fitting emblem for display’ it should be destroyed in a dignified way. The preference is by burning! Just touching the ground does not give the flag an instance death sentence (that seems to be a myth!)
- You need to fly the flag at half-staff on Patriot Day (September 11 of each year), Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15), and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7). On Memorial Day, the flag flies at half-staff until noon, at which point it is raised to the top of the staff. Note: Half-staff or half -mast does NOT mean half way up the pole…rather it should be just not right at the top and practice seems to be more like 2/3 of the way up the pole.
Flying the flag in other countries – the rules
Flying the flag correctly may save you some grief with your patriot neighbors, friends and family!