pledge allegiance to the
flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which
it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for
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National Flag represents the living country and is considered to
be a living thing emblematic of the respect and pride we have for our
nation. Our flag is a precious possession. Display it proudly.
There are certain fundamental rules of Heraldry which, if understood
generally, indicate the proper method of displaying the flag.
The right arm, which is the sword arm and the point of danger, is the
place of honor. Hence, the union of the flag is the place of
honor or the honor point.
The National Emblem is a symbol of your great country, our heritage and
our place in the world.
We owe reverence and respect to our flag.
It represents the highest ideals of individual liberty, justice and
equal opportunity for all.
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to display the Flag
When flown at half -staff, the flag is first hoisted to the peak of the
staff and then lowered to half-staff. Before lowering the flag for the
day it is again raised to the peak and then lowered. On Memorial
Day, the flag is displayed at half-staff from sunrise until noon and at full
staff from noon until sunset.
When a number of flags are grouped and displayed from staffs, the flag of
the United States should be in the center or at the highest point of the
When it is displayed with any other flag against a wall or in the open, from
crossed staffs, the flag of the United States should be on the right, the
flag's own right, and it's staff should be in front of the staff of the
When carried in a procession with another flag or flags, the flag of the
United States should be either on the marching right, i.e., the flag's own
right, or when there is a line of other flags the flag of the United
States may be in front of the center of that line.
the flag of the United States is displayed in a manner other than by
being flown from a staff it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or
outdoors. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a
wall the union should be uppermost and to the flags own right, i.e., the
observer's left. When displayed in a window it should be the same way.
The flag should never be draped or used as a decoration to replace bunting.
Never use them for decorations. Red-white-blue striped bunting is
designed for this use.
When displayed over the middle of the street, as between
buildings, the flag of the United States should be
suspended vertically with the union to the north on an east
and west street and to the east on a north and south street.
When used on a speaker's platform the flag should be displayed above
behind the speaker. It should never be used to cover the speaker's
to drape over the front of the platform. If flown from staff
should be on the speaker's right.
When it is displayed on the pulpit or chancel in a church, the flag of
the United States should be flown from a staff placed on the clergyman's
right as he/she faces the congregation. All other flags on the pulpit
or chancel should be on his/her left. However, when it is displayed on the
floor of the church, on a level with the congregation, the position of the
flag is reversed from that above. It is placed on the right of the
congregation, as one faces the pulpit or chancel.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed so that the union is
at the head
and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the
grave. It should
not be allowed to touch the ground. The casket should be carried
the hearse to the grave.
Day's to Fly the United States
History of the South Dakota Flag
It is the
universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on
buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, the flag
may be displayed at night upon special occasions when it is desired to
produce a patriotic effect.
The Flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered
The Flag should be displayed daily, weather
permitting, on or near the main administration building of every public
institution. The flag should be displayed in or near
every polling place on election day and should be displayed during school
days in or near every schoolhouse.
No other flag or pennant should be placed above or,
if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of
America, except during church services conducted by navel chaplains at sea,
when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services
for the personnel of the Navy.
The Flag should form a distinctive feature of the
ceremony of unveiling a statue of monument, but it should never be used as
the covering for the statue or monument.
The Flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first
hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff
The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for
the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the
distance between the top and bottom of the staff. That no disrespect
should be shown to the flag of the United States of America, the flag should
not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and
organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
The Flag should never be displayed with the union down save as a
signal of dire distress.
The Flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground,
the floor or water.
The Flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always
aloft and free.
The Flag should never be used as a drapery of any sort whatsoever,
never 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 red below, should be used for
covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of a platform, and for
decorations in general.
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowing the flag or when the flag
is passing in a parade or in a review, all persons present should face the
flag, stand at attention, and salute. Those present in uniform should
render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove the
head-dress with the right hand holding it at left shoulder, the hand being
over the heart. Men without hats should salute in the same manner.
Aliens should stand at attention. Women should salute by placing the
right hand over the heart. The salute to the flag in the moving column
should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.
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