Flag ettiquette

Discussion in 'US Flag Display' started by Union Jack, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Union Jack

    Union Jack Member

    It maybe a rookie question but why is the flag of the United States of America displayed right (viewers left)?
  2. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    Welcome Union Jack!

    "To the right" has been the position of honor, historically in Western society. The King's "right hand man" was his most trusted advisor. In both heraldry and vexillology, the perspective is from the person holding the shield or standing beside the flag. A charge on the flag or shield that is to the 'right' from the perspective of the bearer appears to be on the left from the point of view of the observer. To emphasize the 'good' nature of things on the 'right' note that the heraldic term for placing charges on the left side of the shield or coat of arms is "sinister." Not a very positive sounding term, is it?
    Columbia Maryland

    ps: This requirement for positioning the USA flag has only been codified in the United States Flag Code since the 1920's, which wasn't adopted by our Congress until the 1940's.
  3. Union Jack

    Union Jack Member

    Dear Nick
    Thanks for that info. It's nice to know that tradition is alive and well.
    Regards UJ

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