As more and more American flags are being displayed in the community, this is a reminder of the proper way to display the flag from your home and on what occasions.  These are excerpts only, several websites are included at the end for more complete information.  United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 – The Flag


Time and occasions for display

  1. It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

  2. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

  3. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

  4. The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on

    • New Year’s Day, January 1

    • Inauguration Day, January 20

    • Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January

    • Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12

    • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February

    • Easter Sunday (variable)

    • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May

    • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May

    • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May

    • Flag Day, June 14

    • Father’s Day, third Sunday in June

    • Independence Day, July 4

    • Labor Day, first Monday in September

    • Constitution Day, September 17

    • Columbus Day, second Monday in October

    • Navy Day, October 27

    • Veterans Day, November 11

    • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November

    • Christmas Day, December 25

    • and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States

    • the birthdays of States (date of admission)

    • and on State holidays. 

Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America

  1. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

  2. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. 


When the flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.   The Catalina Elks Club and any VFW or American Legion Post will dispose of the flags in a proper manner.

Did you know:

  • The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

  • A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008. Public Law 113-66, enacted on 26 December 2013, reaffirmed this authorization.