Never turn the flag upside down unless an emergency. It is a recognized distress signal.  Do not use flag as you would other decoration materials.



  • State's birthday
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Inauguration Day, January 20
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Presidents' Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Mother's Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
  • Flag Day
  • Father's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Patriot Day (half-staff), September 11
  • Constitution Day, September 17
  • Columbus Day
  • Navy Day, October 27
  • Election Day, First Tuesday in November
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff), December 7
  • Christmas Day

Displaying the Flag


On an Automobile: Tie the flag to the antenna or clamp the flag-staff to the right fender. Do not drape the flag over the vehicle.


On Printings: The flag should be placed on the right side of the paper. Other logos or state flag should be placed on the left.


In a Window: Hang the flag vertically with its canton to the left of a person who is seeing it from outside your unique household.


From a Building: Hang the flag on a staff or on a rope over the sidewalk, with its canton away from the building.


Behind a Speaker: Hang the flag glat against the wall. Do not gather or drape it on the rostrum. Put the flag in the position of honor on the person's right. At a religious service, the flag should go to the right of the minister, priest, iman, or rabbi.


In a Corridor or Lobby:  Hang the flag vertically opposite the main entrance with its canton to the left of a person coming in the door.


Above Other Flags: Hang the flag above other flags or pennants on the same holyard. Never hang one national flag above another in time of peace.


With Other Flags: Hang the flags of several nations on equal staff. Hang the flag to its own right, hoisting it first and lowering it last.


With Grouped Flag Staffs: Place our government flag at the center and highest point.



With Crossed Staffs: Put the flag on its own right, its staff on top.


At Half-Mast. Hoist the flag to the peak before you lower it to the peak again before lowering it at the end of the day.


On a Casket: Drape the flag with the canton at the head and over the left shoulder of the body. Do not lower the flag into the grave.


Saluting the Flag

At the moment it passes in a parade. Put your hand over your heart or give the military salute.



Leaving Coins On A Soldier's Tombstone


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While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire