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Displaying the Flag of the USA

The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to share the following suggestions—adapted from Your Flag, published by the Boy Scouts of America—to help you properly display and care for your symbol of our nation's unity, glory, and resolve.

Displaying the Flag Facts:


  • When the national flag is displayed flat, either horizontally or vertically, on a wall or in a window, the union (blue field) should be at the top and to the observer's left when facing the flag.
  • When displayed from a staff projecting from a windowsill, balcony, or the front of a building, the union (blue field) should be at the staff's peak (unless the flag is at half-staffExternal Link).
  • The U.S. Flag Code, adopted in 1923 and amended by Public Law 94-344 in 1976, states "It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset ... However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the darkness hours.
  • When displayed on a stage or platform, the national flag should be to the speaker's right. Any other flag is on the speaker's left.
  • When suspended, the flag should be vertical with the union to the north over an east-west street and to the east over a north-south street. The flag should be hoisted out union (blue field) first.
  • Flag decals and stickers may be correctly displayed on the inside of motor vehicle side windows.
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