Flag Order of Precedence

Discussion in 'US Flag Display' started by FlagAdvocate, May 11, 2016.

  1. FlagAdvocate

    FlagAdvocate Member

    When one looks up the Order of Precedence of Flags on the www, the order is presented as a vertical list beginning with the most superior flag (the US flag in the US) first or at the top of the list. However, when one looks at an actual flag display, some with multiple flag poles of different heights, how does one translate that vertical order to the actual flag poles on the ground?

    I've often had to explain that the Order of Precedence is read like words on a page, from top down, and from left to right at each level. For example, if displaying the US, State, and Corporate flags on 3 flag poles arranged such that there is a tall center pole flanked by 2 lower poles of equal height, the US flag would be flown on the tall center pole, the State flag on the lower left pole, and the Corporate flag on the lower right pole, as viewed by an observer facing the flag display from the street with the host property in the background. If the 3 flag poles are at the same elevation, the US flag is placed on the left pole, the State flag on the center pole, and the Corporate flag on the right pole.

    The question is: Is there anything available on the www which explains the Order of Precedence of Flags and how to interpret the order in the real world such as I have attempted to do above?

    The other part of this subject has to do with the actual position of the observer. When "reading" a flag display correctly, it is imperative the observer is in the position where the display is seen by the majority of viewers. As explained above, that is usually from the street looking at the flags, with the host property in the background. So, this leads to the second question: Is there anything available on the www which explains how to place flags on multiple flag poles such that the order of the display can be "read" correctly by the majority of observers?
     

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