Street Pole Flags In Avis Boro, Pa.

Discussion in 'US Flag Display' started by FlagAdvocate, May 20, 2017.

  1. FlagAdvocate

    FlagAdvocate Member

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    When riding through Avis Boro, Pa yesterday, I noticed these street pole flags are displayed differently from one side of the street to the other. Seems to me that no matter which side of the street they are displayed, the union (the blue field of stars) should be at the end of the staff furthest from the pole to which they are attached. Section 7(h) of the U.S. Flag Code advises that when displayed on a horizontal staff, the union should be at its peak. Before I speak to a Boro official about this, I would like input from forum members to make sure I'm not overlooking another explanation.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
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  2. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    I don't know if the Site will let me actually post this, but I'll give it a try anyway!

    I believe that you are correct, Flag Advocate.

    The only thing I can think of that might screw things up is if the Flags/Banners are two-sided and how the two different sides are orientated. I don't know if Avis Boro is using one or two Flags/Banners on each pole. If the two opposing sides are lined up back-to-back, then one side will have the blue Union at the pole's peak, but the other side won't. So, it would be kind of half-right, half-wrong. Your photo seems to indicate that that just might be the case. On the "Other Hand"... If the two opposing sides are arranged so that BOTH blue Unions are at the flagpole's peak, or if they are made of single, two-sided Flags/Banners, then THAT is the way it should be.

    Any idea as how each Flags/Banners "other" side is orientated?

    Either way, it's an interesting "catch"!

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

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    Robin...Thank you for asking how each banner's "other" side is oriented. I went back and took a photo looking in the opposite direction from the original photo I posted above. The opposing sides are lined up back to back so that one side has the blue Union at the staff's peak but the other side doesn't.
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    Curious, I went online and found several flag and banner companies which offer these street pole banners with the US flag design. advertises this banner which appears to be very similar to the banners in Avis, Pa. What is striking about their banner is that in the description below, they say it is double sided so the blue field is always on the left side!
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    Apparently is aware of one section of the US Flag Code but not the section which actually applies to this method of display. In light of your input Robin, and the discovery that these banners were deliberately made that way, I have decided to not approach the Avis Boro officials about the concern I originally posted.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  4. FlagAdvocate

    FlagAdvocate Member

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    An update on this issue. I was finally able to contact an executive at who agreed to change the design of their US Flag Street Pole Banner so that the union (blue field) is at the peak of the horizontal staff on both sides in accordance with Section 7(h) of the US Flag Code. Note that the screen shot from their current website reflects this design change.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2018
  5. Robin Hickman

    Robin Hickman Well-Known Member

    WOO-HOO !!!

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