How to Hang the American Flag Vertically

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How to hang a US Flag verticallyIf you want to honor September 11 by hanging the American flag by your front door, remember that there is a flag etiquette to respectfully display the American flag vertically as per the U.S. Flag Code (Public Law 94-344), a joint Congressional resolution.

(1) Make sure your flag must be displayed to its full extend, with no sag or wrinkles against your front door.

(2) Drape the flag over the front door. I used a clear tape to secure it from the inside.

(3) IMPORTANT: The Blue/ Stars portion (known as the Union side) must be at the top left corner of the door when you're facing the door.


Additional US Flag Handling Tips:

(1) The US Flag must be handled respectfully at all times.
(2) Do not sloppily display the US Flag. It is a sign of disrespect. If you choose to display the US flag, it must be done appropriately.
(3) When there is more than 1 flag to be displayed when compared to state, cities or local flag on the same halyard, the US Flag must be hoisted at the top before any other flags.
(4) When there is more than 1 flag to be displayed of different nations, the flags must be the same size, with not one bigger than any other. It must be on its separate staff, at the same height. International usage forbids one flag flown higher than another.

More Common Sense Tips:

  • The US flag cannot touch the ground.
  • The US Flag cannot and should not be used as a decoration.
  • The US Flag cannot and should not be used as a table cover.
  • When carrying the US flag, do not put other things on it.
  • The US Flag should not be made as a clothing material.


Public Law 94-344 is known as the Federal Flag Code. It contains rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag enacted on July 7th 1976.





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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

THis is a great reminder for us all!   So many do not follow proper flag etiquette!!!  Thanks for sharing!

Sep 10, 2011 09:09 AM #1
Dave Williamson
Gateway Funding - Winona, MN

Thanks so much. We sometimes take the flag for granted. It is symbolic. We need to be respectful and remindful of what it really stands for. Nice Article

Sep 10, 2011 09:16 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hi Loreena.....very nicely done....I did not know all of that information, but I do now!!!  I suggested this....I think every American should know every bit of this...

Sep 10, 2011 09:28 AM #3
Ron Tarvin
Luxury and New Construction in Katy & Cypress TX - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

I wish more people paid attention to the proper flag protocol.  It's been a huge issue in the last year, as people did not know how to handle the US in relation to say, the Mexico flag and even the Texas flag.  It's the little things but they are IMPORTANT.

Sep 10, 2011 09:41 AM #4
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Great post to educate the public. I bet there are tons of people out there that didn't know there is a law about our Flag.

Sep 10, 2011 09:52 AM #5
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Loreena, it is good knowing all these flag rules all in one place. Most people are not even aware of half of these.

Sep 10, 2011 10:17 AM #6
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

I love that I'm not the only one who knows about these things. in my last command in the Marine Corps I was the director of ceremonies so it was my job to educate young Marines about everything from military honors at funerals to the flag manual. I hate seeing it displayed incorrectly. Glad you put this up.

Sep 10, 2011 10:25 AM #7
Susan Morrison
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA

This is a great post to read.  Thank you for writing it.

Sep 10, 2011 10:36 AM #8
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Loreena ~ I'll definitely be displaying my flag proudly tomorrow... thanks for sharing about flag etiquette!   

Sep 10, 2011 01:31 PM #9
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Thanks for the reminders, Loreena!  I didn't know about some of these, but they make sense!

Sep 10, 2011 01:31 PM #10
Amy Robinson
London Pierce Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale

Thanks for the reminders.  I think I would have only known one. 

Sep 10, 2011 02:57 PM #11
Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

Thank you and so often I hear only bits and pieces of flag etiquette, this is very informative and thank you for sharing.

Sep 10, 2011 03:05 PM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing the information on displaying the America Flag.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 10, 2011 03:14 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Loreena- this is a great reminder and it's time we got back to flying our flag proudly. 

Sep 10, 2011 03:34 PM #14
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Good reminders, Loreena. Display the American flag properly as we remember those who died 9/11/2001.

Sep 10, 2011 03:36 PM #15
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We are learning this same techniques in the Cub Scouts. We need to learn to honor the American Flag and know the real meaning behind it. The color of red represent the blood that was shed for freedom.

Sep 11, 2011 01:15 AM #16
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Thanks Loreena for bringing this valuable topic to the front door!  If more Americans understood the investment in our freedom we would still be world leaders.  We so appreciate your detailed report on the symbol of our nation, how it should be displayed and not disrepected.  Also when your flag has expired, it should be burned.

God Bless America and those who have served us and protected our shores and our prescious freedom

Sep 11, 2011 02:05 AM #17
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