Flying the Flag at Half MastFlying the flag at half-staff is an area of flag etiquette that most people want to make sure they get right.
Flag TerminologyCommon terms used to refer to specific portions of flags, parts, and flag poles.
How to Fold the American FlagLearn the proper way to fold the stars and stripes.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Flagpole Height||Maximum Flag Sizes|
|15′||3′ x 5′|
|20′ – 25′||5′ x 8′|
|30′ – 35′||6′ x 10′|
|40′ – 45′||8′ x 12′|
|50′||10′ x 15′|
|60′||12′ x 18′|
|70′||15′ x 25′|
|80′ – 90′||20′ x 38′|
|100′ – 120′||30′ x 60′|
|130′ – 195′||40′ x 80′|
|200′ – 250′||50′ x 100′|
|Bigger Flagpoles||please call for maximum size|
The nylon flags are typically less expensive. They fly better in lighter winds and look better for a longer period of time, they just do not last as long – usually 4 to 5 months flying 24/7 with some repairs in between that period of time depending on the size of the flag and the wind,weather and other elements.
The polyester flag usually costs more and last longer. However, it takes more wind to make them fly because it is a more porous material, therefore, they do not look as good, but, they last a little longer, usually 5 to 6 months with some repairs in between times.
Flags can be hung in many different places. Each place is associated with rules about how the flag should be displayed. Flags hung from a window, for example, should be hung downward with the blue square in the top left-hand corner as seen from outside of the window. Flags hung in a street should be hung downward with the blue square facing either north or east.
A U.S. flag can be displayed with another flag. In this case, the flags are crossed at the staff. It is important that the American flag staff is over the other flag’s staff and that it is on the flag’s right-hand side. Flags also can be draped over a casket. They must have the blue square at the head of the casket on the left side. The flag must not touch the ground at any time.
Begin raising your flag at sunrise. When you raise the flag in the morning, do it with a fast pace. When sunset comes, lower your flag and fold and store it until the next day. The flag must be lowered at a slow pace. Children should be taught to salute the flag as it is being raised in the morning and lowered in the evening. Two children can be chosen each day to raise and lower the school’s flag.
Sometimes flags must be flown at half-staff. At these times, children need to raise the flag to the top of the staff for one second, and then lower it to where it will stay for the rest of the day. When taking the flag down for the day, the flag again must be raised to the top before it is lowered for folding and storing.
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
- Memorial Day (last Monday in the month of May) Half Staff until noon
- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th)
- Patriot Day & National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11th)
Fold the flag in half widthwise once, and then do it again. It is easier to do this if one student is at each end of the flag. Fold the striped side of the flag over and into a triangle. Continue folding back and forth in a triangle pattern until the end of the flag is reached. There will be an end that the students can tuck the flag into. The American flag should never touch the ground and must be stored in a way that it will not be torn or soiled. Place the folded flag carefully in a case. Set the case in a safe location until you need to use it again.
You are encouraged to fly the American flag on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Day Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
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