illustration of man saluting a displayed American flag
Illustration: Ryan Snook
There's more to consider when hanging this patriotic symbol than the hardware you choose. In 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Flag Code, which states the proper guidelines for displaying the American flag. Treat Old Glory with respect by following these rules.

Orient it correctly
Whether hung vertically or horizontally, the flag should be positioned with the field of stars at the top left. If it's displayed in a window, always remember that the viewer is considered to be outside.

Leave a light on
Traditionally, the flag is to be displayed outdoors only from sunrise to sunset, but it can stay there 24 hours a day if it's properly illuminated. To meet this requirement, try solar lights that charge throughout the day and shine bright at night, or a garden spotlight set on a timer.

Consider the weather
The flag shouldn't be subjected to harsh wind or to rain or snow unless it's made of an all-weather material. Choose one made from synthetic fibers, like nylon or polyester, that will stand up to the elements.

Retire it when it's worn
If your flag is showing signs of wear and tear, it should be disposed of in a dignified way, traditionally by burning. You can also contact your local VFW or American Legion; both groups offer to retire your flag in a respectful ceremony.
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