Re: What can fly on the same pole with the US Flag?
Greetings, CG -- welcome to the forum!
I take this to mean that only the listed flags may be flown on the same pole or halyard as the American flag. The POW Flag, McDonald's flag, Remembrance flag, or cocktails flag are not listed and cannot be flown unless from a second pole. However, the Boy Scouts flag, city's Historical Society flag, Army flag, or Save the Spotted Owl Society flags could be flown on the same pole or halyard as the US Flag based on the definition of "a society" in my dictionary.
I think that this is an overly restrictive reading. The intent of this sentence is to state that the US flag should be above a subordinate flag when they are flown on the same staff, not to enumerate the particular types of flags. This is in contrast to the following Paragraph (7g), which deals with national flags that are not subordinate to each other. Also, the code is not technically prescriptive; it is "a codification of existing rules and customs pertatining to the display and use of the flag." (Sec. 5). It is common to fly corporate or commemorative flags under the US flag, and I can't see any reason why this could be considered disrespectful.
Has anyone seen an authoritative ruling on this?
The flag code is not enforceable law, so there really aren't any "authoritative rulings" on it. Also, the code was never intended to cover every possible situation; it's just a commonsense guide.
"We live by symbols, and what shall be symbolized by any image of the sight depends upon the mind of him who sees it."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.