Things to Remember About Displaying Your Flag for Memorial Day


LINCOLN, Ne -- With Memorial Day Weekend upon us, many U.S. flags are on display in neighborhoods and in front of government buildings.

Many of us know the flag isn't supposed to touch the ground, but beyond that many flag guidelines are unknown to the general public.

Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, contains rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag. While the federal code contains no penalties for misusing the flag, states have their own flag codes and may impose penalties.

Here are a handful of flag etiquette rules to follow:

1) If it's hanging from a staff projecting from a building it must fall naturally.

2) If you're going to leave it out for 24 hours it must be lit by a light, if not it should be put away. Proper folding is encouraged.

3) If it's hanging with other flags it must to be in the middle.

4) If it's on the same pole as other flags, it needs to be the highest one (with some exceptions).

5) For those who place their flag on a wall, horizontal or vertical displays are acceptable.

6) If the flag is old and battered, it's time for a new one.

7) And we all know it's not supposed to touch the ground, but it's also not supposed to touch anything else below it such as the floor, water, or merchandise.

Governor Dave Heineman is reminding residents to fly flags at state government buildings and other sites in observance of Memorial Day.

Heineman ordered the flags lowered Monday until noon "to honor the courage and dedication of those who have sacrificed for our freedom."

For a complete and more thorough guideline for flag display, click on the link above.


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