Honor the troops: Tips for proper flag protocol

May 25, 2013 3:37:15 PM



WAYNE, Penn. -- Flying the American flag on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, is not only an expression of gratitude and respect for those who paid the ultimate price for freedoms, but also shows support for the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces. 


The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) encourages all Americans to display the flag and offers some suggestions related to Memorial Day. 


  • Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon. For U.S. flags displayed on a short staff or for indoor flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff, tie a black bow above the full-staffed U.S. flag.  


  • Fly the POW/MIA flag as well. 


  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen service members. 


  • Visit memorials and take part in services sponsored by veterans.  


  • Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Take a few moments to reflect on the true meaning of the day and be mindful of the sacrifices of others in defense of our nation.  


  • Pledge to aid families affected by our fallen heroes, and to aid disabled veterans.  


    The correct procedure for displaying the flag at half-staff is to raise the flag to the top of the pole briskly, pause for a moment, and then slowly bring it down to where the top of the flag is at a position approximately halfway between the top and bottom of the pole. At noon, the flag should be raised quickly to the top of the flag pole. At the end of the day, the flag should be lowered slowly and ceremoniously for the day. With Memorial Day, Flag Day (June 14), and Independence Day all within a few short weeks of each other, summer is prime time for flying the flag. Before hanging your flag, FMAA encourages all citizens to be sure it truly is an American-made flag. U.S. law requires every flag be labeled with its country of origin. 


    The Flag Manufacturers Association of America is a non-profit trade association, established in 2003, dedicated to educating and promoting the quality, variety and proper use of flags manufactured in the United States.