Flying the flag in rainy weather

Discussion in 'US Flag Display' started by Shelley Mc Call, May 22, 2008.

  1. Shelley Mc Call

    Shelley Mc Call New Member

    Its raining here in Southern California; Where I work has the flags up, shouldnt they come down??? When I was involved with Boy Scouts we taught the boys the flag should not be flown in the rain. Am I right or wrong. Help please.
  2. hi there and welcome to USA-flag site.

    in the flag code- it does state that flags should not fly in 'inclement weather' - that is - rain, storms, hurricanes etc

    however - the flag code was written before they started making flags out of nylon - a waterproof plastic material

    many flags are made out of this material nowadays seeing as it flies well and resists the rain
    therer is nothing wrong in flying such a flag in the rain. they are colorfast - meaning the colors won't run, and the fabric doesnt take the water into it. - it will dry in about an hour or 2

    if the flag is made of cotton it shouldent see the rain thouigh - as they need more care and the wet soaks into it so it takes a long time to dry and you have to make certain its dry before folding it- and the colors may run in them.
  3. David Whitehead

    David Whitehead New Member

    On an Army post the flag is flown 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The only difference is that in "inclement weather" the large Post or Garrison flag is taken down and a smaller "Storm Flag" is flown. I assume that that is to prevent tearing of the flag or damage to the flagpole.
  4. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    Greetings, David Whitehead! Welcome to our Forums!

    I do believe in both cases, your assumptions are correct. Avoid "storm damage" to both the Flag & flagpole.

    Thank You for bringing your Flag inquiry to our Forums!


    Robin Hickman
    "Your Friendly Neighborhood Flag Man"
    Eugene, Oregon, USA.

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