- Display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit.
- Don’t fly the flag during inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
- The union of the flag--the blue section with white stars--should be placed at the peak of the staff
- When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.
- Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.
- Take care of your flag. Store your flag in a well-ventilated area. If it gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it.
- If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity.
- The Veterans of Foreign War will take and properly dispose of American flags. The closest post is at 3613 Jeannine Drive (Near the intersection of Academy Blvd and Austin Bluffs Blvd). Outside the front door they have what looks like an old postal box where you can deposit worn out flags 24/7.
Learn more about the American flag and its history at https://www.usa.gov/flag
Read the U.S. Flag Code https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDOC-109sdoc18/pdf/CDOC-109sdoc18.pdf
Learn all about displaying the American Flag https://www.usa.gov/features/usagovs-guide-to-displaying-the-american-flag