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SECTION 403
Rules; manner of display
Executive (EXC) CHAPTER 18, ARTICLE 19
§ 403. Rules; manner of display. The following rules and customs shall
be deemed the proper manner to display the flag:

1. The flag shall be displayed 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.

2. The flag shall be displayed daily, weather permitting, on or near
the main administration building of every public institution, whenever
such institution is open to the public. The flag shall also be
displayed, weather permitting, on the following days in each year: the
first day of January, known as New Year's day; the third Monday of
January, known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day; the twelfth day of
February, known as Lincoln's birthday; the third Monday in February,
known as Washington's birthday; the last Monday in May, known as
Memorial day; the second Sunday of June, known as Flag day; the fourth
day of July, known as Independence day; the first Monday in September,
known as Labor day; the third Friday in September, known as National
POW/MIA Recognition day, except if such date of commemoration cannot be
observed due to a religious holiday, such observances shall then be
conducted on the second Friday in September; September eleventh, known
as September 11th Remembrance Day; the second Monday in October, known
as Columbus day; the eleventh day of November, known as Veterans day;
the fourth Thursday in November, known as Thanksgiving day; the seventh
day of December, known as Pearl Harbor day; and the twenty-fifth day of
December, known as Christmas day, and if any of such days except Flag
day is Sunday, the next day thereafter; each general election day, and
each day appointed by the President of the United States or by the
Governor of this state as a day of general thanksgiving or for
displaying the flag.

3. The flag shall not be displayed on days when the weather is
inclement.

4. The flag shall be displayed in or near every polling place on
election days.

5. The flag shall be displayed daily during school days in, on or near
every schoolhouse.

6. The flag shall be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

7. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other
national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of
superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United
States provided, that nothing in this section shall make unlawful the
continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag
of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and
other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with
that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United
Nations.

8. When a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of
societies are grouped and displayed from staffs, the flag of the United
States of America shall be at the center and at the highest point of the
group.

9. When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of
societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United
States, the latter shall always be at the peak. When the flags are flown
from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States shall be hoisted
first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant shall be placed above
the flag of the United States or to the right of the flag of the United
States.

10. 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 shall be placed at the peak
of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is
suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole
at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag shall be hoisted out, union first,
from the building.

11. When the flag is displayed otherwise than by being flown from a
staff, it shall be displayed flat, whether indoors or out, or so
suspended that its folds fall as free as though the flag were staffed.

12. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it shall
be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west
street or to the east in a north and south street.

13. The flag, when flown at half-staff, shall be first hoisted to the
peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The
flag shall 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. Crepe streamers shall not be
affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs except by order of the President of
the United States or the Governor of this state.

14. No disrespect shall be shown to the flag of the United States of
America, nor shall the flag be dipped to any person or thing.

15. The flag shall not be displayed with the union down except as a
signal of dire and immediate distress.

16. The flag shall always be carried aloft and free, not flat or
horizontally.

17. The flag shall not be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such
a manner as will permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any
way.

18. No one shall place upon the flag, or on any part of it, or attach
to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or
drawing of any nature.

19. The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a
fitting emblem for display shall be destroyed in a dignified way by
burning.

20. The flag shall not be used as a ceiling covering or drapery of any
sort whatsoever, nor festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds. The flag
shall always be allowed to fall free without touching any surface or
object beneath or below it.

21. The flag shall be flown at full staff at all times except it shall
be flown at half-staff on the eleventh of September, known as September
11th Remembrance Day, the seventh day of December, known as Pearl Harbor
Day, and to commemorate the death of a personage of national or state
standing or of a local serviceman, official or public servant who, in
the opinion of the local agency concerned, contributed to the community.
It may also be flown at half-staff during special periods of mourning
designated by the President of the United States or the Governor of this
state.