While visiting a veterans' memorial cemetery recently, I found a flag display that intrigued me. Right in the middle of the cemetery there is a tall US flag pole surrounded by a circle by lower flag poles of equal height flying the five military service flags. The service flags appear to be positioned randomly in that circle. According to the US Department of Defense Directive 1005.8 these military service flags should be arranged in the following order of precedence, from left to right, or front to back: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. BUT, when displayed in a circle, where should the Army flag be positioned to start the order, and in which direction, clockwise of counter clockwise, should the other service flags be arranged in their proper order of precedence? There are no monuments or plaques within, or just outside, the circle of service flags to indicate the "front" of this display, and as stated above, the display is in the middle of the cemetery, so it is viewed from all directions. I would like input from Forum members so that I can be confident when I attempt to advise the cemetery staff. Borrowing from the "north or east honor point" principle Peter Ansoff described in responding to another of my posts, my initial thoughts are to recommend the Army flag be positioned north of the center US flag pole, and arrange the rest of the military service flags in a clockwise direction. I would appreciate your input.