The American Flag Codes

Dana Sung, Staff Writer

United States Code: Title 4 – The Flag

With the rising controversy towards the American flag and its codes, one must pay close attention to other rules that are commonly violated in our society.

Chapter 1, §7. Position and Manner of Display – Subsection B: The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

Chapter 1, §7. Position and Manner of Display – Subsection 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.

Chapter 1, §8. Respect for the flag – Subsection C: The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

Chapter 1, §8. Respect for the flag – Subsection D: The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

Chapter 10, §176. Respect for the flag – Subsection I: The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

Chapter 10, §176 Respect for the flag – Subsection J: No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.

Chapter 10, §176 Respect for the flag – Subsection G: The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.