Follow the rules when flying the flag

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Many Americans will show their national pride today by flying the American flag, and there is both a right and wrong way to display the flag.

According to the Federal Flag Code, the flag can be displayed outside from sunrise to sunset. If it’s flown after dark, it has to be properly lit. It should never be flown in any kind of inclement weather unless it is an all-weather flag.

If the flag is flown from your porch, the “Union” or blue section should be at the flag’s highest point. That is unless it is being flown at half-staff. The flag also should never be on the ground or touch anything below itself.

Experts stress that the U.S. flag should never be draped or used as throws or table covers. More official rules about the American flag are available at http://www.usa.gov/flag.