Are you proudly flying the American flag? There’s a code to follow

U.S. Flag Code passed by Congress in 1942

Image by Angelique Johnson from Pixabay.
Image by Angelique Johnson from Pixabay.

It’s the time of year when you see American flags proudly displayed all over the place, which makes sense since we’re right between Memorial Day and Independence Day.

It’s the perfect time to put the red, white and blue out on display, but did you know there are very specific rules about doing so? The joint resolution passed by Congress in 1942 has come to be known as the U.S. Flag Code.

Here are some of the rules of the code for civilians, according to

🇺🇸 If you decide to hang the flag vertically on a wall, window or door, the Union (blue section) should be on the onlooker’s left. The same goes if the flag is hung horizontally.

🇺🇸 The flag shouldn’t be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.

🇺🇸 It’s customary to only fly the flag from sunrise to sunset, but if it is displayed at night, it must have lights on it so that it can be seen.

🇺🇸 If displayed with other flags, the American flag should be at the center and highest point.

🇺🇸 During national mourning, a flag should be hung at half-mast.

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