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The laws relating to the flag of the United States are found in detail in the

United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 – The Flag.

Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1,  § 6. Time and occasions for display

(a) It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

(b) The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

(c) The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.

(d) The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on

   New Year's Day - January 1

     Birthdays of States (CT - Janurary 9th)

     Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday - third Monday in January

     Lincoln's Birthday - February 12

     Washington's Birthday - third Monday in February

     Easter Sunday - (variable)

     Mother's Day - second Sunday in May

     Armed Forces Day - third Saturday in May

     Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) - last Monday in May

     Flag Day - June 14

     Independence Day - July 4

     National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27

     Labor Day - first Monday - September 1 - 7

     Columbus Day - second Monday in October

     Navy Day - October 27

     Veterans Day - November 11

     Thanksgiving Day - fourth Thursday in November

     Christmas Day - December 25

     Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States

     State holidays

(e) The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.

(f) The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.

(g) The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.


Rules for Saluting US Flag
          The History of Flag Day

How to Retire Your Flag
          Flag Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

What size flag should I buy?

There is general rule for the appropriate size flag for a given pole.


Flag Proper - Location for Display

12" x 18" - Boat

2' x 3' - House mounted flagpole

2 1/2' x 4' - House mounted flagpole

3' x 5' - House mounted or 20' flagpole

4' x 6' - 25' flagpole

5' x 8' - 30' flagpole

6' x 10' - 35' flagpole

8' x 12' - 40' flagpole

8' x 12' - 45' flagpole

10' x 15' - 50' flagpole

12' x 18' - 60' flagpole

15' x 25' - 70' flagpole

20' x 30' - 80' flagpole


Flag - Proper Pole Size

2' x 3' - 6'

2 1/2' x 4' - 6'

3' x 5' - 7' or 8'

4' x 6' - 9'

5' x 8' - 12'

Saluting the flag by citizens, those in uniform, and non-citizens?

According to the Flag Code, Americans should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.

Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention.

Public Law No: 110-181 (Sec. 594) "Allows members and veterans who are present but not in uniform during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the flag to render the military salute."

Is displaying the flag horizontally, as before a football game, a violation?

Yes. It is contrary to the Flag Code, Section 8c, which reads:

"The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free."

The South Windsor Patriotic Commission annualy celebrates FlagDay by burning all the old and tattered flags at 10 AM behind  Firehouse #1 on Ellington Road. Anyone who can spend an hour helping is always welcome.

There is a Flag disposal box located in the

South Windsor Public Library.