American Flag Etiquette
All of the deputies of your Eureka County Sheriff's Office have sworn an oath that his or her fundamental duty is to serve the community and respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice. There is no greater reminder of these principles than the American Flag. Your Eureka County Sheriff's Office is proud to display the American Flag. Listed below are important etiquette points regarding the display of the American Flag.
Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the
union (stars) should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
When the flag is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Ordinarily the flag should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.
The other flags may be smaller, but none may be larger.
No other flag ever should be placed above it.
The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
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, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.
The Flag in Mourning
To place the flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half-staff until noon and at full-staff from noon to sunset.
The flag is to be flown at half-staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.