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The fundamental rule of flag etiquette is: treat all flags with respect and common sense.

When flown on the same halyard as The Stars and Stripes the Flag of Honor and the Flag of Heroes should be flown under The Stars and Stripes and The Stars and Stripes should never be smaller.

Neither Flags of Honor nor Heroes take precedence over each other and therefore, when flown together, on the same halyard, it is left to the appreciation of their owner which one should be flown highest.

The Flag of Honor and Flag of Heroes may be flown, draped or hung any time their owner deems appropriate and should be flown on Patriot Day and throughout the month of September in remembrance of the lives lost to the terror attacks of September 11th 2001.

On September 11th* The Flag of Honor and the Flag of Heroes may be flown at half-staff in sign of mourning. When one Flag is flown at half-staff all other Flags flown with it should be flown at half-staff. Flags flown at half-staff should first be raised to their peak and then lowered to half-staff. The Stars and Stripe is raised first and lowered last.

No Flag should be flown during weather which might damage it, based on a common sense interpretation of circumstances.

To extend the life of a Flag, when it is torn it should be repaired and under no circumstances should a Flag be folded while wet.

When a Flag is no longer dignified in appearance and cannot be repaired, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, burned or sealed in a bag or box before being sent out for trash collection.

*Congress approved a joint resolution December 18, 2002 authorizing the president to designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day.