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Flag Display Etiquette

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I have sort of an odd question, but SF is pretty good at answering odd questions, so I figure I'll give it a shot.

What is the proper etiquette for displaying an American flag that wasn't presented in connection to the armed forces? I ask because my wife received a flag some years ago that was flying over the U.S. Capitol on the day she became a citizen, and we've never decided how it would be best to display it.

We've never done anything with her flag, but now it's on my mind again because I found out recently that I'll be receiving the flag that was presented to my grandmother at my great grandfather's funeral. We would really love to display both flags, and I figure we'll just go ahead and take care of both at the same time. I intend to use those triangle shadowboxes, but I wasn't sure if displaying the missus' flag in that manner would be considered some sort of faux pas given it doesn't have a military background.

MrsG and I have gone back and forth on the question, and we're not aware of any rule that would make displaying her flag that way inappropriate, but we're also not exactly experts on the topic.

As always, thanks in advance, SFers.
 

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A correctly folder flag in a suitable shadowbox would be very appropriate for any national flag. There is nothing inherently 'military' about it. Also, when correctly folded and displayed thus, you are exempt from the usual rules of keeping it illuminated at all times.
 

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Whoa, Justin with the save on the thread I thought was just going to slip into oblivion!

What you're saying is kind of what I expected, but I just wanted to be sure.

Thanks!
 
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Whoa, Justin with the save on the thread I thought was just going to slip into oblivion!
What you're saying is kind of what I expected, but I just wanted to be sure.
Thanks!

No worries. If I wasn't vetting the sick parades on the parade ground in my army days, I was usually on the colour party. More recently, I've been given responsibility for the flags at my work - so had to look for any differences in American and Australian flag etiquette (there are surprisingly few - though the folding is one of them).

This will help you fold it for the shadow box: http://www.usflag.org/foldflag.html

Not that I expect anyone to care, but the Australian flag is folded and (sort-of) rolled: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf
 

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