How to properly display the American flag

(WTNH)–With July 4th this weekend, more flags have been put on display at the National Submarine Memorial, and more flags will be displayed at homes across the country. News 8 wanted to make sure folks knew how to displayed them correctly.

“We always want to put our symbol of America at the highest level,” said Al Kinsall, the commander at the U.S. Submarine Veterans base in Groton. He says flags placed on a post should always be angled up toward the sky almost vertical not horizontal.

“As long as it doesn’t touch the ground, touch the floor, or touch water. We want to make sure it maintains it presence above the ground,” Kinsall said.

The Stars and Stripes can fly in all types of weather but should be taken in at night unless they are properly illuminated. You need to see the flag when it is on display.

Flag etiquette information often comes with new flags but there are some basic things everyone should know.

“It will always be above any other flag. Let’s say the state flag– it’s always above it. That’s how we maintain our protocol,” Kinsall said.

Kinsall says one of the most common mistakes he sees is a flag hung backwards.

“I have even stopped and asked people you need to change it around and they do. It’s simply an honest mistake.”

He also said that if you are going to display a flag against a building or a window you should always make sure the union or field of stars is in the top left corner.

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