A Florida vet faced eviction by his HOA, after failing to pay thousands of dollars in fines for displaying an American flag in a flower pot on his front porch. (Earlier today, a pair of executives offered to pay the Air Force veteran’s fees that jeopardized his home.)

A couple of days ago, a Korean War veteran in Idaho was cited for displaying the American flag in his window.  The vet’s HOA demanded that the “inappropriate curtains” be removed, before rescinding the violation and issuing an apology.

Both men are veterans. Both have the right to display the American flag. But only one of them has properly done so, according to the U.S. Flag Code.

If you’re going to present the colors, here are some guidelines that you need to follow.

  1. The flag may be displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. It may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated after dark.
  2. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
  3. When the flag 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 should 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 should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  4. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
  5. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should 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.
  6. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  7. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

Now that you know a little more about the proper way to exhibit Old Glory, I’ll ask you: which of these flags is properly displayed?

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