Remember This Simple Tip When Displaying Your Flag

Horizontal and vertical flags.

Horizontal and vertical flags.

Are you hanging a flag and aren’t sure of the proper positioning? Remember this easy tip– the right-hand side is the position of honor. So when displaying the US flag with a state flag (or other “lower ranking” flag), the US flag goes on the right side (from the speaker’s perspective). This rule works even if there is technically no “speaker” (such as your front yard or the entrance to a building).

So if there’s a podium with the US and Texas flag, the US flag goes to the speaker’s right, the Texas flag on the left. If you’re displaying the US and Texas flag on flag poles in your front yard, imagine you are standing in your front yard and facing the street (i.e. your “audience”). The US flag would be on your right.

Front view of the Hutchinson County courthouse. Notice the US flag is on the "speaker's" right.

Front view of the Hutchinson County courthouse. Notice the US flag is on the “speaker’s” right.

Which side should the stars be on? Same rule applies, for both horizontal and vertical displays. The stars are on the right, from the perspective of the “speaker.”

Pretty simple. The right-hand side is the position of honor. There are other scenarios, but this covers most of the average civilian flag-hanging situations that people encounter.

Happy Memorial Day.

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