As Flag Day approaches, residents concerned about flag etiquette

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Angel Idowu
Thursday, June 12, 2014

JANESVILLE--Neighbors were upset when they saw a US flag hanging inappropriately in a home's window in 100 block of South Lincoln Street recently.

“The flag hung over the window like a curtain,” a neighbor told The Gazette.

With the approach of Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777, neighbors called The Gazette to complain.

“The flag began to fall down and hang out of the window. Eventually the flag was waded up like trash and stuffed into the side of the window," a neighbor said.

The flag has since been removed from the window.

Flag Day is Saturday. Here are tips from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs about how to correctly display the American flag:


1. When not flying the flag from a staff, display it flat or suspend it so its folds fall free.

2. When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the US flag above all other flags.

3. Raise the flag briskly, and lower it ceremoniously.

4. When displaying the flag flat against a wall, put the field of stars at the upper left.

5. Illuminate the flag when displaying it after dark.


1. Let the flag touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, floor, water or merchandise.

2. Place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia or designs of any kind.

3. Use the flag to hold anything.

4. Fasten or tie back the flag. Always allow it to fall free.

5. Print the flag on paper napkins, boxes or anything else intended for temporary use and discard.

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