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Flag etiquette

Just in time for Flag Day June 14, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has made available a brochure on flag etiquette. It is available on-line at, and copies may be ordered for groups. (Both the on-line and print versions are free.)

There are three pages dedicated to the proper way to display the American flag.

Did you know, for instance, that the flag is to be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously? Or that the flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade unless it's flying from a flagpole (never draped)?

When flying the flag at half-staff, it should first be raised to the top for a brief moment, then lowered to half-staff. Likewise, it should be raised to the top before being lowered completely.

Active military in uniform must salute; veterans may salute. All others should stand at attention with right hand over heart. Hats should be removed and may be held with the right hand so the hand is over the heart and the hat is over the left shoulder.