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When two or more flags are displayed on one staff, code says the US Flag must be be in the top position. However, code also states that the US Flag ...
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    When two or more flags are displayed on one staff, code says the US Flag must be be in the top position. However, code also states that the US Flag should not be allowed to touch anything else including the ground, floor, water or merchandise. When a state flag is displayed the US Flag, how much distance should separate the two flags? If the state flag is attached directly below the US Flag, then when there is no wind blowing, the US Flag will touch and partly cover the state flag. If enough space is provided to separate the flags to where the US Flag does not touch the state flag (with no wind), then it would require several feet of separation. I cannot recall ever seeing flags displayed in this manner.

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    Default Re: Two flags on one staff or flag pole

    The prohibition against the US flag touching anything else is meant to show respect for the flag. The flag obviously must touch the halyard. The flag must touch the flag pole. The flag may touch a flag that is below it without showing any disrespect. Indeed, you need to be careful which flag you place below the US flag - to place the flag of a foreign nation is a sign of disrespect towards THAT country's flag, and the flag code prohibits that as well (except that the US flag may fly above the flag of a defeated enemy.)

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    Default Re: Two flags on one staff or flag pole

    hello all,

    Is it ok to hang a USMC flag below the US flag?

    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmarv View Post
    hello all,

    Is it ok to hang a USMC flag below the US flag?

    thank you
    Yes it is ok to place an organization's flag below the USA flag.

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    Thank you for the quick reply

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    Default Re: Two flags on one staff or flag pole

    I am inquiring as to whether or not you can fly a Canadian flag below the American flag - on the same pole? Does the same apply that the American flag cannot touch the Canadian flag - when the wind is not blowing - and they are hanging down. Thanks for a prompt response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joansaraf View Post
    I am inquiring as to whether or not you can fly a Canadian flag below the American flag - on the same pole?
    International law forbids the flying of one national flag over another except in time of war as a sign of victory in battle. The USA is not at war with Canada last time I checked.

    The Canadian flag must be flown on a separate flag pole. If the poles are in the USA, the US flag must be on the pole to the left as you are viewing it.

    Nick

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    Default Re: Two flags on one staff or flag pole

    Is it okay to fly a tribal cherokee nation, below the American flag. Although it is only 1/16th I am very proud of this heritage and would like to display it. It would be a matter of pride for me, but I wouldn't want to be disrespectful out of ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe m View Post
    Is it okay to fly a tribal cherokee nation, below the American flag?
    That is an interesting question. Most Americans would consider a tribal flag to be equivalent to a political subdivision of the USA (ie state or county flag). However, by international law and custom, no national flag is to fly above another national flag (except as a mark of victory over the defeated country's flag.) As the Native Americans consider themselves sovereign nations, it could be seen as violating flag protocol from their point of view if their "national flag" was under the flag of the USA. If there are no Cherokee in your neighborhood (besides yourself) I say fly that flag below the Stars and Stripes, but be aware of possible objections.
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    Default Re: Two flags on one staff or flag pole

    To my knowledge, there is no authoritative guidance on protocol for Native American flags, and we've had other questions on the subject here from time to time. My take would be that they are subordinate to the US flag, but would take precedence over state flags. The Native American nations are sovereign in the sense that they control their own internal affairs, and that their relationship with the Federal Government is via treaty rather than constitution. However, they are not sovereign states in the international context: they do not maintain diplomatic relations with other nations, are not members of the UN, do not have national armed forces, etc. Most flag regulations use the term "sovereign state" in the latter context.

    Does anyone know if any of the Native American nations (or other entities) have created flag codes for their flags?
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