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  Flag Rules... (part 3)

usflag church-public12. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience).

Flag Sizes

What size flag should hang on what size flagpole? The usual size of a flag used at home is 3'x5'. On houses, a 15' or 20' flagpole should fly a 3'x5' flag. A 25' flagpole should use a 4'x6' flag. The following table shows the appropriate size for public display (not home-use) of the flag:

Flagpole      Flag
20' 4'x6'
25' 5'x8'
30'-35' 6'x10'
40'-45' 6'x10-8'x12'
50' 8x12'-10x15'
60'-65' 10'x15'-10'x19'
70'-80' 10'x19'-12'x18'
90'-100' 20'x38'-30'x50'

Other Questions

My flag is old and ready to be retired. What should I do?

Section 8k of the Flag Code (see below) states, "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." We recommend that you contact your localVFW Chapter and ask them for help properly disposing of your flag. And be sure to consider providing a small donation to them for their assistance. Or you can contact your local Elks Lodge (who created the idea of Flag Day, established officially by President Truman, himself a member of the Elks) or the American Legion.

Is it appropriate to fly a flag that has fewer than 50 stars?

Yes. There is nothing wrong in flying a historic flag.

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