To the Stars & Stripes: American Flag Etiquette

To the Stars & Stripes: American Flag Etiquette

May 22, 2015 6:22:00 PM / by Rachel Rodgers

photo [Jasper Johns – Flag]

One of the most well-known embroidered artifacts in this country is the grand ‘ole American flag.

Flag Code or Etiquette honors the ways to respect and care for the American flag as a symbol of our country. Branches of the American Military also have distinct rituals involving the American flag.  In the spirit of this sunny Memorial Day weekend, here’s some patriotic facts on flag etiquette:

Did you know?

  • The American Flag consists of two parts, the union, (the blue square at the top left with 50 stars representing the 50 US states) and the remaining portion of 13 red and white stripes representing the original 13 colonies.
  • When this country was founded it expanded rapidly, and the union part of the flag was continually changed to incorporate the new territories and states. There have been 39 different versions of the US flag!   See them here
  • Often in military occasions, there is a proper way to fold a flag. See an animated .gif showing how to fold a flag here.
  • On governmental or state-employee uniforms, such as policemen, government officials, or military, a flag patch is sewn on the right and left upper sleeves. The flag patch used on the right upper sleeve is always sewn in reverse, because tradition dictates that the union (blue) part of the flag should be closest to the heart.



  • Half-Staff

The flag is flown at half-staff on national holidays like: 

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15th (sunrise to sunset)
  • Memorial Day, last Monday in May (sunrise to noon)
  • Patriot Day, September 11th (sunrise to sunset)
  • National Firefighters Memorial Day, October
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th (sunrise to sunset)
  • President’s Day, 3rd Monday in February: A celebration situated between Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays. It is not a half staff day.
  • Flag Day, June 14, It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

The flag is flown at half-staff to honor a recent tragedy out of respect for it’s victims.

Only the President and state Governors can decide when and how long the American flag should be flown at half-staff for a national/state tragedy.

Learn more about How to fly the flag at Half-staff, and how to properly display the flag indoors and outdoors.

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Written by Rachel Rodgers

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