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  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object.
  • To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order. Sign up here for automatic email notification.
  • To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak then lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff.
  • When taking a flag in that is currently at half staff, the flag is to be raised to the peak for a moment before it is lowered.
  • When a flag is no longer serviceable or repairable, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner (contact your local VFW).
  • The flag is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
  • When it is displayed from the same staff with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top.
  • When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.
  • No disrespect should be shown to the flag in any way.
  • When the American flag is displayed on a staff in a church or public auditorium, it should be to the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience.
  • When displayed against a wall, the union should be to the observers top left, whether hung vertically or horizontally.
  • The flag should be cleaned and repaired when necessary.