Flying the Canadian Flag

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Flying the Canadian Flag

Post by webmaster » May 13th, 2011, 9:35 am

As guests in the United States, it is important for Canadians to show respect for the flag of the United States.

Most US citizens are not offended when Canadians display the Canadian flag, PROVIDED that the US Stars and Stripes is also flown at the same time. The US flag must be flown in a prominent position and should be on a separate flag pole. It must also be the same size (or larger) than the Canadian Flag.

It is a good idea to discuss your plans to fly the Canadian flag with your neighbors to make sure they do not object.

The US Flag must be treated with respect at all times and not allowed to be damaged or soiled in any way. See the following exerpt from the National Flag Code.

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Excerpted from the National Flag Code) Important points are in Bold.

It is a universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, the flag may be displayed at night on special occasions when it is desired to produce a patriotic effect or if it is lighted.

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed

When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union (blue field) of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union to the left of the observer in the street.

When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the North in an East and West street or to the East in a North and South street.

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender. (A small flag, made for this purpose, can be attached to the antenna.)

The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as will permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
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