U.S. Flag Code.4

§8. Respect for flag 

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America, the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. 

The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
  1.  The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  2. The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
  3. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
  4. The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
  5. The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
  6. The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
  7. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
  8. The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
  9. No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
  10. The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

§9. Conduct during hoisting, lowering or passing a flag
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.

§10. Modification of rules and customs by President
Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Amred Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable' and any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a proclamation.

United States Code Title 36 §301 National Anthem
1. Designation  The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.


2. Conduct During Playing — During rendition of the national anthem — 
 1.  when the flag is displayed;

  • 1. individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
  • 2. members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
  • 3. all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
 2.  when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

§302. National motto
        "In God We Trust" is the national motto

§303. National Floral Emblem
        The flower commonly known as the rose is the national floral emblem.

§304. National March
        The composition by John Philip Sousa entitled "The Stars and Stripes
        Forever" is the national march.

§901. Service Flag And Service Lapel Button
 1.  Individuals Entitled To Display Service Flag
A service flag approved by the Secretary of Defense may be displayed in a window of the place of residence of individuals who are members of the immediate family of an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during any period of war or hostilities in which the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged.

 2.  Individuals Entitled To Display Service Lapel Button
A service lapel button approved by the Secretary may be worn by members of the immediate family of an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during any period of war or hostilities in which the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged.

 3.  License To Manufacture and Sell Service Flags and Service Lapel Buttons
Any person may apply to the Secretary for a license to manufacture and sell the approved service flag, or the approved service lapel button, or both. Any person that manufactures a service flag or service lapel button without having first obtained a license, or otherwise violates this section is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.

4.  Regulations
The Secretary may prescribe regulations necessary to carry out this section.