Monday, February 18, 2013

What are the proper rules for displaying the American Flag? Here is a quick look at Hydra Force, a company out of Chicago, Illinois.

There are rules for the best way to respect the American flag in a display. These rules have been created to show the American flag as the prominent flag in the display. It is easy to misunderstand these rules or fail to meet them.

Since 1942 rules have been set under President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the proper display of the American flag. The was not the first time, rules around the display of the American flag were enacted. In fact, this code of conduct was actually an adaptation from a federal order instituted by the National Flag Conference in 1923.

Here are the rules for outdoor displays. These are not all the rules, just the ones pertaining to flagpole displays:

7. Position and Manner of Display.

(c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to or in place of the flag of the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.

(d) The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

(e) The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

(f) When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.

(g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

With three of the same height flagpoles and their proximity, Hydra Force, had somewhat of a problem properly displaying the flag. This Ford Q1, ISO certified company since 1985, has a commitment to quality. Based out of Chicago, this manufacturing company of hydraulic cartridges has grown to become a global presence in the mobile equipment community. So to stay within the confines of proper flag display and to fly the flags they way they feel best show the company's best practices and image, Hydra Force lowers the custom and state flags to keep the American flag at the highest most focal point. With the trees and in the context of this display, we feel is a unique and clever solution.

Alternatively, they can fly a smaller size custom and state flag. However, the Hydra Force custom flag has such a nice intricate design, it needs a bit bigger canvas to really be seen. Every flag display is going to have issues, there is not one way to fly flags, even with all the government regulations surrounding proper American flag display. Sometimes, a little creativity goes a long way.

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