Flag Etiquette!

Discussion in 'THREAD ARCHIVES' started by Minibit, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Did you know that there are rules for your country's flag? Probably rules for your province or state flag, too, if you have one!

    Many countries have rules for what condition a flag may be flown in, where it may be flown, how to store it, and how to dispose of it when it is no longer fit to be used! There are even many specific rules for where to place your national flag in various arrangements of flags! Do you know your country's flag etiquette? Do you follow it?

    Items like flag panties are nearly ALWAYS against flag etiquette (since the original purpose of a flag is to represent a country with honour and dignity; a symbol to be treated with utmost respect), what are your thoughts on them?

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    The National Flag of Canada should be displayed only in a manner befitting this important national symbol; it should not be subjected to indignity or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag or ensign. The National Flag always takes precedence over all other national flags when flown in Canada. The only flags to which precedence is given over the Canadian flag are the personal standards of members of the Royal Family and of Her Majesty's eleven representatives in Canada (ie. The Governor General and 10 Lieutenant Governors).
    The National Flag of Canada should always be flown on its own mast - flag protocol dictating that it is improper to fly two or more flags on the same mast (eg. one beneath the other).

    The National Flag of Canada should not be used as table/seat cover, as a masking for boxes or as a barrier on a dais or platform.
    While it is not technically incorrect to use the National Flag of Canada to cover a statue, monument or plaque for an unveiling ceremony, it is not common practice to do so and should be discouraged.

    Nothing should be pinned to or sewn on the National Flag of Canada.

    The National Flag of Canada should not be signed or marked in any way (A border could be attached to the outside edge of the Flag on which it would be acceptable to have signatures leaving the Flag itself untouched).
    The National Flag is flown at all federal government buildings, airports, and military bases and establishments within and outside Canada. The flag may be flown by night as well as by day.
    The order of precedence for flags is:
    The National Flag of Canada
    The flags of other sovereign nations in alphabetical order (if applicable)
    The flags of the provinces of Canada (in the order in which they joined Confederation)
    The flags of the territories of Canada (in the order in which they joined Confederation)
    The flags of municipalities/cities
    Banners of organizations
    Historical Flags

    If one simply wishes to create a decorative effect (eg. dressing a house for a festive occasion) it is preferable to use pennants or coloured buntings and not flags.

    General rules governing merchant vessels and pleasure craft are as follow:

    the flag should be worn in harbour and in territorial waters but need not be worn while under way on the high seas unless the vessel wishes to identify her nationality to another ship;
    whenever possible, the proper place for a vessel to display the national colours is at the stern, except that when at sea, the flag may be flown from a gaff;

    when in harbour the flag should be hoisted at 0800 hours and lowered at sunset;

    when a merchant ship and a warship of any nationality pass or overtake one another, the merchant ship should dip the flag as a gesture of courtesy. If on a staff, the lowest corner of the flag should be brought to the level of the rail and kept there until the salutation is acknowledged by the naval vessel. If flown from a gaff, the flag should be lowered to six feet (1.80m) above the level of the deck, until the salute is acknowledged;

    in times of mourning, the flag may be flown at half-mast, which places the upper corner of the flag next to the staff at approximately three-quarters of full-hoist. As on land, a flag hoisted to or lowered from half-mast position must first be hauled close-up.

    When a flag becomes tattered and is no longer in a suitable condition for use, it should be destroyed in a dignified way.
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  2. There's a ton of similar rules so I won't mention them but, it's said that in wartime, our flag would be flown upside down.
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    This makes me curious which country you live in: in many countries flying a flag upside down is considered a desecration, although ships at sea may fly a flag upside down to indicate distress, some country's flags look the same upside down, or look like a different flag when upside down
  4. That would be the Philippines, if I'm not mistaken, Mini.
    Other random facts about flags, the flag of Saudi Arabia is never to be flown half-mast, because some aspect of it is sacred, I think?
  5. Yep, Philippines. Some people think that the blue of our flag means peace and the red means war, but really, it's a rip-off from the American flag.
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