Re: Flag Etiquette - visiting countries
Grant O'Neil (oneilg@IINET.NET.AU)
Fri, 25 Sep 1998 13:38:34 +0800
I don't know about U.S. flag laws, but from an international perspective,
here are my thoughts.
>Can they be on the same pole, with the US above?
No. This would be seen as insulting and demeaning to the country whose flag
is lower on the pole. Traditionally in time of war this gesture was used to
signify that the forces represented by the lower flag have been defeated by
the other forces.
>Do they fly on separate poles equal or US higher?
Once again, while it is appropriate to fly a national flag on a higher pole
than a lesser jurisdiction such as a state flag, when talking about the
flag of another sovereign state you must remember that you are effectively
talking of peers that (theoretically) have equivalent status. As such it is
inappropriate to have one flag higher than another; although not quite as
bad as below the other flag on the same pole it is still somewhat
demeaning. The only appropriate way to display national flags of separate
countries is on separate poles of the same height. Further, wherever
possible please try to ensure that all flags are of an equivalent size.
Think of the national flags outside the United Nations building.
>If different poles, from the street viewing our property, which
>presentation, US left or right?
Um - I seem to recall that the National flag takes the position of honour
on the right of whatever platform is used or in other words to the viewer's
left. This based on half-remembered reading of an old BSA handbook years
ago - check your current handbook and I'm sure there'll be something to
indicate the appropriate way the flag ought to be displayed. I remember
diagrams showing how the flag should be displayed hanging on a wall, hung
across a street, with another flag on crossed poles and a couple of other
variations. This is the only area in which it is appropriate to give
greater honour to the flag of the United States over the flag of another
nation. It would also not be inappropriate to have three flagpoles of equal
height with the two outer pole displaying the United States flag and the
centre pole displaying the "guest" flag; once again this gives prominence
to your national flag without demeaning the other flag.
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