Flag Etiquette is something that many know a little about, but probably aren't aware of every facet. Depending upon the location of the flag, the terms for displaying it properly will change -- although there is no greater insult than to fly a flag upside down! Here are excerpted several passages from the Flag Code of the United States - Public Law 94-344, July 7, 1976. Click the appropriate event/location to find out more about the etiquette we should be following:

Determining Flag Size can be tricky business. The length of the flag should be at least 1/4 the height of the pole. For example, a 40' pole requires a 6' x 10' flag (or larger). This guideline applies to poles 20' and larger. Most residential flags are 3' x 5' or 4' x 6'. Most small industrial and commercial buidlings use either a 5' x 8' or a 6' x 10' flag. Major industrial, municipal and government buildings require 8' x 12' and larger. However, the size of the pole is the determining factor.
More on Flag Size:
The following table shows the appropriate size for public display -- (not home use) -- of the flag:

20' 4' x 6'
25' 5' x 8'
20' - 35'3' x 5', 4' x 6', 6' x 10'
40' - 45'6' x 10', 8' x 12'
50' 8' x 12' - 10' x 15'
60' - 65'10' x 15' - 10' x 19'
70' - 80'10' x 19' - 12' x 18'
90' - 100'20' x 38' - 30' x 50'
Flag Flying Holidays:
The United States Flag may be flown every day, but especially on these days:

January 1 New Year's Day
January 20Inauguration Day
February 12Lincoln's Birthday
3rd Monday/Feb.Washington's Birthday
April 6 Army Day
May 8V-E Day
June 14Flag Day
July 4Independence Day
August 10 V-J Day
1st Monday/Sept.Labor Day
September 11Patriot's Day
September 17Constitution Day
2nd Monday/Oct. Columbus Day
October 27Navy Day
1st Tuesday/Nov.Election Day (if the first Tues. is Nov. 1st, this is the following Tuesday)
November 11Veteran's Day
4th Thursday/Nov.Thanksgiving Day
December 25Christmas Day
How Long Will an Outdoor Flag Last? Experience has proven that this is an impossible question to answer accurately. It is like predicting the weather, airborne contamination and the treatment people will give a flag.

The major ememies of a flag are wind, water, sun and carelessness... the single greatest cause of flag deterioration. Neither you nor we can control the weather, but you can take care of your flag and lengthen its life. Occasional washing in warm, mild-detergent water will prevent dirt and pollutants from attacking the fabric. To prevent mildew, let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it. Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying, don't wait for it to be blown to shreds. Continuous day and night display will shorten a flag's life. If your flag is not illuminated at night, you shold consider taking it down to appreciably lengthen its life.

Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no two flags receive identical wear. Because weather conditions vary, wearing conditions vary and consequently, the life of each flag is different.

Your flag works very hard. It shakes, it drapes, it whips, it snaps, it chafes, it freezes, it ripples, it flutters, it quivers, it furls, it rolls, it twists, it flaps, it strains, it flies, it unfurls, and it hangs! Is it any wonder that it needs to be replaced two or three times a year?

The best way we know to stretch your "flag dollar" is to have three flags: one flying, one in the wash, and a clean one in reserve for special occasions.

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