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8 rules for properly displaying an American flag

The American flag is considered a living symbol under federal law; we must treat it as such.


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It is important to show our patriotism correctly by displaying our flag appropriately. Here are eight important rules for properly displaying the American flag.


Of course, the flag is not to touch the ground. Displaying a faded, torn or tattered flag is also inappropriate. Don’t forget to fold your flag properly when you are done displaying it.

For more information on flag etiquette, visit the American Legion’s Flag Code page.

This article, originally published on June 30, 2016, has been updated.

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