Is There Etiquette For Wearing Flag Pins?

Is there etiquette for wearing flag pins? The flag pin should be placed on the right side of your body, to the viewing public's left as they look at you. When it comes to handling the American flag there...

When it comes to handling the American flag there are many rules you are supposed to follow. Following the appropriate etiquette is a way of showing respect to all those who died for this country. Our flag expert, Joe Parish, who has more than fifty years experience in the flag industry, says those rules even extend to wearing flag pins.

"If you are going to wear it on your lapel, it should be on your own left side. That is the proper position of the American flag," Parish says.

There are certain types of service pins that may be worn by members of the immediate family of a person serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during periods of war.

There is one type of service pin that has a blue star engraved on it. This signifies that one or more members are serving in the Armed Forces during war. You will never see multiple stars on this pin, because they are not allowed by the service.

Another type of pin is called the Service Unity pin. It is a combination of the Service Lapel pin and the Unity Ribbon. This pin was created to establish a universal symbol of America's support of our military and their families during the war against terrorism. This pin can be worn by family members serving in the Armed Forces and the general public.

If you are looking for a unique flag pin, one can always be designed for you. Websites like can do the job for you.

According to Parish, flag pins have increased in popularity since 9/11 and the Iraq war. People want to show they support their troops and loved ones. With more people wearing flag pins, Parish says it's a good idea that people educate themselves on how to properly attach them to their lapels.

Parish gives us some other tips when it comes to displaying the American flag: When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff should be attached to the right fender. If you display the flag against a wall (like hanging it flat outside a window), the union or stars should be on the flag's right or the observer's left side. If the American flag is flown with other flags of states or localities, the American flag should always be at the center and highest point. To display the flag over the middle of a street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north on an east-west street or to the east on a north-south street.
Never hang a flag with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress or danger to life. The flag should not touch anything beneath it such as the ground, water or floor.

Being informed of American flag etiquette rules will make you a more educated consumer. You won't have to guess where to place the flag on your lapel or home. And you can help others, who aren't sure of how to handle the American flag.

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