Feeling patriotic and wish you had a very special
flag to fly?
How about owning a flag that has flown above the Capitol of the US? To
purchase a flag that have been flown over the Capitol, write or phone
the Senator of your state, or the Representative of your national
district. Flags are available for purchase in sizes of 3' x 5' or 5' x
8' in fabrics of cotton and nylon. A certificate signed by the
Architect of the Capitol comes with each flag. But there's a waiting
list, of course, so don't plan or having it by return mail. But think
what a great gift for a special person on July 4, 2003!
Know your Flagetiquette
- The flag
should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of
dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or
- It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in
folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and
red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and
the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the
front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
- When the
flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting
horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a
building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the
staff unless the flag is at half staff.
- When displayed either
horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost
and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When
displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way,
with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the
- It is the universal custom to display the flag only from
sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open.
However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed
twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated.