American Flag Etiquette

Understand what's proper in handling and flying our country's flag.

What is the proper way to dispose of a worn American flag?

According to the United States Code, Title 4 Chapter 1, Section 8k, "The flag when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

What is proper etiquette for caring for and handling the American Flag?

  • It should never be in the dark
  • It should not be used for any decoration in general
  • It should never be used for any advertising purpose
  • It should not be used as part of a costume, except as part of the military, fireman or police uniforms
  • It should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, etc. placed on or attached to it
  • It should never touch the ground
  • It should be folded appropriately when stored
  • When a flag is no longer fit to serve, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

What is proper etiquette for flying the American Flag?

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