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