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50 WAYS TO DISPLAY AN AMERICAN FLAG

50 WAYS TO DISPLAY AN AMERICAN FLAG

Using an american flag as a decoration can be a touchy subject. I’ve hung a flag on my wall in every place I’ve ever called home because I love being able to look at it everyday. Some might argue and say this is disrespectful and unacceptable. In fact, US Flag Code actually states its disrespectful to use a flag as drapery or bedding. But I think there’s a right way and wrong way to do everything, and displaying a flag in your home is perfectly fine as long as its done tastefully. Just remember to make sure the stars are always in the upper left corner whether you’re hanging it horizontally or vertically.

Here’s 50 great examples of american flags being displayed – one for each star.


















































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  1. Molly Kiely Reply

    I’m a Canadian living in the States and I love the look of the flag hanging indoors — I have an old Annin flag and it’s beautiful. My partner is a Coast Guard veteran, and while he’s not the least bit patriotic he did take the raising and lowering of the flag very seriously, so he’s not too keen on the flag as decor. I’m working on him… 🙂

  2. b sims Reply

    The level of disrespect shown to the American flag in many of these photographs is disgusting. There are guidelines on the use of, care, and when the flag should be properly disposed of.

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  5. Ethan J Reply

    While I can appreciate some of these pictures, using a flag as decoration is definitely not proper. The flag is not a curtain to be tied up to let light it. It is not to be draped over some random piece of furniture. And it most definitely is not some piece of “designer” demin, where shredding and fraying supposedly up the “cool” factor!

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  9. No Reply

    B Sims and Ethan, get over yourselves.

  10. Jeff Tipson Reply

    While I do love the majority of the pictures. I do agree with b sims and Ethan J. They are right, there is a right way and a wrong way to display the American flag. Too many people do not understand or maybe do not care how to display and take care of the American flag. I know the American flag does not mean anything to a lot of people in this country but those people have been provided the right to voice their negative opinion because of the people that did/do care and fight for the right of free speech. I do find it quite ironic.

    Jeff @ http://www.americanflags.com

  11. Joe Reply

    At what point in time did it become ‘acceptable’ for people to portray our National Flag in such a disrespectful manner. The people here telling you it’s disrespectful are right, there is absolutely a proper way to hang and care for a our flag. So many have died for the rights people in the U.S. have today. People who think it’s okay to treat it like a blanket or curtain don’t know what the hell they’re doing. Freedom to them is as cheap as their corny ideas of style/fashion – to you it’s just a decoration. If you really want to know look up the history, maybe you’ll learn something instead of merely trying to make a buck on someone’s else’s disrespect.

  12. Aaron Reply

    Actually, in order for it to be considered disrespectful it has to be a real, authentic American flag. Most of the American flags you see displayed are considered “banners.” The banners usually have an extra stripe or one less star but the difference is so subtle you can barely notice it. Most likely, about 90% of the flags you see are actually banners. The rules don’t apply to them and it is perfectly fine to display them however you would like as long as it is not in a real disrespectful manner. An authentic American flag is supposed to be taken in every night etc. So the reality is that these displays are actually technically fine and not disrespectful at all. I would take your own advice and read up on it before giving people are hard time.

    • Phil Reply

      You are mistaken on so-called “Authentic” flags, please refer to United States Code title 4 chapter 1 section 3 (tl;dr, If it looks like a flag, it IS a flag)…
      The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

  13. Jessi Reply

    Aaron,

    You’re awesome. That is all. My husband obsesses over our flag in the front yard (just a proud American!) It can’t touch the ground, always needs to be straight, the eagle in a certain direction but seriously he isn’t going to bring in the flag every night. Neither is anyone else that is going to happen upon this thread. Im only here because I searched for “flag as a window covering.” For this matter most flags are probably made in China. Regardless, no one is going to tell me I’m disrespectful in their opinion and have me give two shits about it. In fact, I’m pretty sure we make our country proud. So, kick rocks on to some ‘Merica thread where other jerks care about those negative thoughts. Its only dispectful of you have negative intentions. We’re not burning flags or using them as area rugs or sitting on them for God’s sake. If it “displayed” at all that’s a proud American. I’ve never seen anyone have a nice big flag inside their home. I think its great.

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  16. Joseph Mandy Reply

    Really, with the end goal it should be viewed as ill bred it must be a genuine, true American banner. The vast majority of the American banners you see showed are considered “standards.” The pennants for the most part have an additional stripe or one less star however the distinction is so unpretentious you can scarcely see it. Doubtlessly, around 90% of the banners you see are really standards.

  17. Frank Reply

    Absolutely disgusting how disrespectful people are to the U.S. Flag of America. A flag should only be used as a flag, not curtains, blankets, or cut up into articles of clothing etc. Further, any U.S. Flag displayed in the dark needs to be illuminated. If it flies in the rain it needs to be an all weather flag. There are also rules regarding the disposal of a flag that has worn out or touched the ground. A ceremony along with burning or burying needs to done. A local VFW can take care of this for if you decide to start respecting the Flag. I have turned over to the VFW clothing of my wife for burial because it used colors and designs of the U.S. Flag. She was upset, but respects my devotion to the Flag that represents Freedom to the entire world.

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  19. Michael Reply

    A banner flag has a sleeve for a pole, that’s the only difference, no missing stars, no extra stripes. If your were referencing a thin blue line flag, that’s considered a banner. It’s disrespectful to put a flag on the floor, hang it as a curtain. I’ve handed a folded flag to mothers and spouses of soldiers killed in combat,so yeah I know what the American flag stands for and the freedom it provides, it’s not free.

  20. Toby Reply

    People express themselves in different ways. Differences are what makes the world go around. The flag is depicted on a TON of different things. Are you now going to say that if I have an American Flag key ring (in taking pride in and supporting my great country) and I drop my keys that I now have also disrespected the flag? How many people have the American Flag on their clothing? They must be disrespecting our country too huh? Especially when their t-shirt gets thrown into the dirty laundry or their political hat depicting the flag gets blown off their head and touches the ground…?

    If what you say is true, and all flags are AUTHENTIC flags, then we are ALL guilty of disrespecting the flag. Get off of your soapboxes and realize that people are just showing their pride in their country by expressing the flag in their own way. Opinions are like a$$h**les…you know the rest of the saying.

    Have a great day everyone and express your pride in our country freely, I will continue to! God knows there is enough hate out there…we don’t need to be hating on each other.

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