What Are Some Rules for Displaying a U.S. Flag?

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Rules for displaying a United States flag include flying right side up unless in the case of an emergency and not using the flag as a drapery for any object. The flag should be clean and mended at all times.

Other rules for display of the United States flag include not allowing the flag to touch the ground. The flag should be displayed above other flags, and flags of other countries should be displayed on separate poles. If displayed indoors, the flag should always be to the farthest right. When carrying the United States flag with others, it should either be to the front and center or to the right of all other flags.

The U.S. flag should be displayed at every public institution, school and polling station, says Military.com. No other flag should be placed above or to the right of it. The flag should never be carried aloft or dipped to anyone or anything, and should never touch anything beneath it.

It should be folded in a neat and ceremonious manner, states ASFlag.org. When a flag becomes worn out, it should be burned in a dignified manner. The flag should never be used for advertising or decoration and should only be flown upside down as a distress signal.

Rules for the use and display of the U.S. flag are codified by a federal law known as the U.S. Flag Code, according to Military.com. Drawing on the flag or marking it in any manner is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $100 or 30 days in jail, or both.