Posted on 11 Comments

Displaying the Texas flag

A reminder to those who want to display the Texas flag in the vertical position: The white stripe is on the left and the red stripe is on the right.

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: General provisions regarding the Texas state flag, and information on the display of the flag, the flag pledge, and the retirement of the state flag are included in Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code, available from the Texas Constitution and Statutes site.

800px-Flag_of_Texas.svg See Sec. 3100.059.  HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL DISPLAY. 

(a)  If the state flag is displayed horizontally, the white stripe should be above the red stripe and, from the perspective of an observer, to the right of the blue stripe.

(b)  If the state flag is displayed vertically:

(1)  the blue stripe should be above the white and red stripes; and

(2)  the white stripe should be, from the perspective of an observer, to the left of the red stripe. (my italics)


This perfect photograph of the Lone Star flag was taken by Matt Pippen at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

11 thoughts on “Displaying the Texas flag

  1. Check out the incorrect info/pictures on eHow about displaying the Texas flag vertically.

    1. Oh no. There are so many things wrong in this eHow article—I don’t know where to begin. Thank you for the heads-up Col. Jackson. I hope you will write to Nancy Kerstetter, and I will too. Thank you again, Deborah Hendrick.

  2. Lotta good that did – the eHow article is still wrong. It also says that flying the Texas flag upside-down is a sign of distress; this is an old wives’ tale. Most people other than Texans wouldn’t even notice if the Texas flag is upside-down.

    1. Duane, you are correct when you say that “most people other than Texans wouldn’t even notice if the Texas flag is upside-down.” It is very frustrating to me, and I see it all too often. Problem is, I don’t know if the flag is flying upside down in ignorance or out of protest.

      The entire Texas Flag Code is here:
      As regards flying the Texas flag upside down, that practice comes from this portion of the code:

      Sec. 3100.053. ORIENTATION ON FLAGPOLE OR FLAGSTAFF. If the state flag is displayed on a flagpole or flagstaff, the white stripe should be at the top of the flag, except as a signal of dire distress in an instance of extreme danger to life or property. (Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.)

      While the text does not say “upside down” or “red stripe on top,” there can be no other way of flying the flag on a flagpole except upside down if one wants to signify dire distress in an instance of extreme danger to life or property.

      Thank you for writing, Duane.

      Best wishes, Deborah Hendrick

  3. Does anyone have a good idea about how to correct this incorrectehow info on displaying the Texas flag? This incorrect article/pictures have been on display for ages.

  4. My attempts to contact eHow resulted in a standard “thank you” response with no further feedback. To leave a comment on the eHow article that has both of us seeing stars, one must have a Facebook account, which I do not have. But I’ll keep trying.

  5. When hanging the Texas flag along with a company flag and the American flag:
    with the American Flag horizontal at the top and wanting to hang the Texas flag and Company flag vertically beneath, does it matter which flag is to the right of the observer? Seems to me the Texas flag should be to the right, but not sure.

    1. Dear Mr. Sadler,
      Thank you for writing. The Texas flag, displayed below the American flag, would still take the right-most position (just as it would if on a shorter flagpole), which would be all the way to the left for an observer facing the display. If you have enough room, all the flags should be oriented the same way—so all flags should by displayed vertically, or all flags displayed horizontally.
      Best wishes, Deborah Hendrick

  6. I too try and educate people about vertical displaying of our Texas Flag.
    Many a retail store have products with the wrong vertical display of our Texas Flag.
    As a highly qualified substitute teacher and Scouter for the Boy Scouts of America I continue to correct this mistake. No end in site…I make reference to Chapter 3100 (etc) for others to read the documentation.
    Thanks Col. and Deborah, maybe with the three of us we can make a difference.
    Don’t Mess With “Our” Texas Flag!

    1. Thank you Rey, for your note and your efforts to educate others about the proper display of our state flag. The incorrect representation of the Lone Star flag on souvenirs and similar products drives me wild. I do have some ideas on how to increase awareness—it’s still in the early stages. But I will let you, and the Colonel, know when I am ready to share. Best wishes, Deborah Hendrick

  7. Too many well-intentioned people use a Chilean Flag as an emoji on social media, because there is no Texas Flag emoji. But that makes about as much sense as flying a Canadian Flag because you don’t have an American Flag! My comment has nothing to do with flying the Texas Flag but it’s a common mistake that sticks in my craw.

Leave a Reply