There are specific ways in which to display our American flag. In 1995, I was the publicity and media liaison for our city's WWII 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee, working closely with veterans and our Kingston City School District to bring a living history about World War II and the role our veterans and homefront heroes played during that time to the district's students. I volunteered in my daughter's elementary school, and worked closely with the administration, teachers, veterans, and the media.
One of the committee members and driving force behind educating the young on the history of this era, was U.S. Army Veteran Dick Williams, also know in our county as "Mr. Flag." He was dubbed Mr. Flag for his generosity of not only donating flags to schools, veterans, and cemeteries, as well as collecting and respectfully disposing of old flags in our area, but also for his education of WWII and our heroes, and the proper handling of our U.S. Flag. Through him, I learned much, and also joined him in his efforts to help to teach the school children of future generations about our flag etiquette. It was a privilege to know Mr. Williams, work beside him, and call him friend for so many years. (To meet "Mr. Flag" and read more about our time on the committee, visit HERE). In his honor, I carry on awareness for proper flag etiquette.
According to the U.S. Government Department of Veterans Affairs:
"When carried in procession with other flags the U.S. flag should be either on the marching right (the flag’s right) or to the front and center of the flag line.When displayed on a float in a parade, the flag should be hung from a staff or suspended so it fallsfree. It should not be draped over a vehicle.When displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall) and its staff should be in front of the other flag’s staff.In a group of flags displayed from staffs, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point.When the U.S. flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat, or suspended so that its folds fall free.When displayed over a street, place the union so it faces north or east, depending upon the direction of the street.
When the U.S. flag is displayed from as projecting from a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the unless the flag is at half-staff.When suspended from a rope extending from the building on a pole, the flag should be hoisted out, union first from the building.
When flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, the U.S. flagmust be at the top (except during churchservices conducted at sea by Navychaplains).The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom.The flag may be flown at half-staff to honor a newly deceased federal or state government official by order of the president or the governor, respectively. On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon."