Patches on clothing (are you allowed)?

Discussion in 'US Flags on Uniforms and Clothing' started by Emma, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Emma

    Emma New Member

    Hi, this might sound really stupid, but I want to put an American flag embroidered patch on my shirt but am not sure if it is allowed because of the rule of the flag not being allowed to be displayed on 'costumes'. What counts as a costume? Like a children's dress-up kind of costume? Or an article of clothing? Also what is the difference between a yellow bordered flag and a white one? Thanks for your help.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2017
  2. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Hi, Emma! Welcome to the forum.

    The Flag Code says "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform." The intent of this was that you should not cut up an actual flag and use the pieces in clothing. Flag patches are explicitly allowed by the code on uniforms (military, police, firemen, etc.) and also by "members of patriotic organizations." In practice, they are commonly used on athletic uniforms and other types of clothing as well. There's nothing wrong with putting a flag patch on a shirt.

    There's no symbolic difference between yellow and white bordered patches. The borders are there to enhance the appearance of the flag and to set it off from the background.
  3. Emma

    Emma New Member

    Ah right thank you :)

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