Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Flag Etiquette
Sat, 4 Sep 1999 16:35:28 -0400
An excellent source of US flag information is http://www.usflag.org/ Their
description of the special method of folding the US flag at
http://www.usflag.org/fold.flag.html states, "This custom of special folding is
reserved for the United States Flag alone." That seems to exclude historical
flags that were flown during the Revolutionary War but were never officially
adopted as the United States flag, but doesn't address flags that were, at one
time, the official flag of the United States.
I have another question about flag etiquette that comes from situations we have
encountered on our troop trips overseas. When we camp in another country with
Scouts of that country, we fly both the U.S. flag and the national flag of their
country in our campsite. The statement on proper flag etiquette when you are
flying flags of several countries at http://www.usflag.org/flag.etiquette.html
is "When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be
displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same
size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation
may not be displayed above that of another nation." That is what we state to
our host Scout group. However, we sometimes get the response that, in their
country, their rule is that their country's flag must fly above all other flags.
Is there some international protocol about flying flags of several countries at
the same time?