How to Display the American Flag with a US State Flag

You’ll often see the American flag displayed with a state flag. Each of the country’s 50 states has its own official flag. Government institutions, businesses and private citizens regularly display the American flag with their respective state’s official flag. If you’re thinking about displaying both flags together, however, there are a few things you should know. Because of it’s symbolic nature, the U.S. Flag Code requires a specific layout when displaying the American flag with a state flag. So, what’s the correct way to display both of these flags together?

Flagpole

The way in which you should position the American flag with a state flag varies depending on whether you display them on a flagpole or a wall. When displayed on a flagpole, the American flag should be hoisted to the very top so that the state flag is below it. According to the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA), the American flag should always be displayed above state flags on a flagpole. The only exception is church services conducted by the Navy.

It’s proper etiquette to display the American flag above all other flags when using a flagpole. Regardless of which state flag you are planning to display it with, the American flag should be hoisted to the highest point of the flagpole.

Wall

When displaying the American flag and a state flag on a wall, you’ll need to use a different layout. The U.S. Flag Code states that the American flag should be positioned to the observer’s left while the other state, such as a state flag, should be positioned to the observer’s right. As a result, neither of the flags should be higher than the other.

You can always display the American flag and a state flag independently of each other. Some Americans, for example, display the American flag in front of their home and a state flag somewhere inside their home. If you’re going to display them together, though, you should follow the U.S. Flag Code’s requirements. When using a flagpole, the U.S. Flag Code requires the American flag to be higher than the state flag. When displaying the two flags on a wall, the American flag should be positioned to the observer’s left and the state flag to the observer’s right.