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10 ways to solve a flag flying dilemma

US and TX flags 2 In the article Three flag dilemma: What’s the right way to fly?, I discussed one of the flag displays I saw recently. This article is about another display from the same day. Figure 2 represents the flags flying in front of an Austin, Texas business.

Deciding which flags to fly and in what order is a challenge that many business undertake everyday. Some flagpole configurations dictate how people can fly their flags, but the company in this example had the perfect setup.

The flagpoles are in a perfectly straight line and all are the same height. This is the configuration that will get you into the least amount of trouble, and yet …

As you probably see, one U.S. flag and the Texas flag are in great shape, it’s the second U.S. flag that brings up the problem. The U.S. Flag Code is clear about no flag flying to the right of the American flag, and in this illustration, the Texas flag is flying to the right of the second U.S. flag.

8(c) No other flag or pennant should be placed … to the right of the flag of the United States of America,

8(f) No such flag or pennant may be placed … to the United States flag’s right.

It is a problem that can be easily fixed in a couple of ways.

  1. Remove the 2nd U.S. flag.
  2. Remove the 2nd U.S. flag and hoist another flag (company, POW/MIA, alma mater, etc.).
  3. Swap the Texas and 2nd U.S. flag (this brings up other questions).
  4. Install new flagpoles in a configuration for two U.S. flags.
  5. Remove two of the flagpoles, leaving only one flagpole.
  6. Raise the height of the center pole by five feet and fly the U.S. flag on the tallest center flagpole.
  7. Lower the height of the two outside flagpoles, achieving the same results.
  8. Remove all flags from the flagpoles (I don’t like this option)
  9. Ignore the U.S. Flag Code and go for the symmetrical look.
  10. Hire me to monitor their flags to make sure they are flown correctly.

4 thoughts on “10 ways to solve a flag flying dilemma

  1. As a Texan, it pains me to admit that so many of my fellow Texans are under the mistaken belief that ours is the only state flag that may be flown at a height equal to that of the US Flag. In fact, according to the US Flag Code, any state flag may be flown at the same height as the US Flag, as long as the US Flag remains on its own right.

    I’m not sure where Texans got this urban legend, but I’ve heard it taught as gospel to Boy Scout leaders, and whenever I hear it, I’m torn between correcting the speaker (which is discourteous) or remaining silent (and letting the audience leave under a false impression).

    How would you handle this (didn’t mean to turn my post into a “Dear Abby” letter!)?

    Fred Goodwin
    San Antonio, TX

  2. Fred, it is a dilemma. I see this myth repeated several times each week in news stories and on blogs as well. I usually will leave a comment (very nicely) about the myth and link to one of the articles I’ve written with documentation, like this one.

    In a public forum, the only way I can think to handle it, is to approach the speaker after the event and politely ask for their documentation for that statement and show him a copy of the U.S. Flag Code. It doesn’t do much good for the current audience, but maybe we can stop the spread by that individual.

    The myth that goes along with that one is: Texas is the only state that was a country before joining the Union. Of course, Vermont, California, and Hawaii are always surprised when confronted with this information. And that doesn’t even bring Commonwealths into the discussion.

    I was talking to Deborah (my wife) the other day about losing this battle, but that we couldn’t just quit.

    I guess this means there is job security for myth debunkers.

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. It is appreciated.

  3. Larry, thanx — I’m new to your blog and hadn’t seen your earlier article in which you thoroughly debunked the myth — now I know where to point people who want to read it for themselves, and by another Texan, to boot!

  4. Great news man ! ! ! keep up the good work . . and i have just subscribed 🙂

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