How to Display the American Flag in a Window

Millions of homeowners, as well as business owners, project their patriotic spirit by displaying the American flag in front of their home or business. With its characteristic design consisting of 13 stripes and 50 stars, it’s become synonymous with our country’s values. However, you aren’t required to display the American flag on a conventional flagstaff. Whether it’s for your home or business, you can display the American flag in a window.

Mount on a Horizontal Flagstaff

One way to display the American flag in a window is to mount it on a horizontal flagstaff. According to the U.S. Flag Code, it’s perfectly acceptable to display the American flag from a horizontal or angled flagstaff. This involves mounting a flagstaff horizontally from the window — or an area of your home’s or business’s exterior — on which you can mount the American flag.

When displaying the American flag from a horizontal flagstaff, though, you should position it so that the union is located at the very top. The only exception is when the American flag is flown at half-staff, in which case the union should be halfway between the top and bottom of the flagstaff.

Display Directly in the Window

In addition to mounting on a horizontal flagstaff, another idea is to simply display the American flag directly on the window. You can tack the corners of the American flag against the window frame, for example, so that it’s visible to onlookers in front of your home or business. As a result, you don’t need a flagstaff to display the American flag in this manner. All it takes is a few tacks and an available window.

If you’re going to display the American flag directly in a window, you should position it with the union in the upper-left corner from observers’ perspective. In other words, pedestrians and motorists who pass by your home or business should see the blue-colored box of stars in the upper-left corner of the American flag.

There are other ways to display the American flag besides using a horizontal flagstaff in front of your home or business. You can display it in a window, assuming you use a method allowed by the U.S. Flag Code. According to this federal legislation, the American flag can be displayed in a window either by mounting it on a horizontal flagstaff or by hanging it against the window.

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