Flying the flag

January 26, 2010

I hope everyone had a great Australia day and flew the flag correctly.

Image from wikipedia

  • The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be raised no earlier than first light and lowered no later than dusk.
  • When the flag is raised or lowered, or when it is carried in a parade or review, everyone present should be silent and face the flag. People in uniform should salute.
  • The flag should always be flown freely and as close as possible to the top of the flagpole with the rope tightly secured.
  • Unless all flags are raised and lowered simultaneously, the Australian National Flag should be raised first and lowered last.
  • When the Australian National Flag is flown with flags of other nations, all flags should be the same size and flown on flagpoles of the same height
  • When flying with only one other national flag, the Australian National Flag should fly on the left of a person facing the flags.
  • Two flags should not be flown from the same flagpole.
  • The flag may be flown at night only when it is illuminated.
  • The flag should never be flown if it is damaged, faded or dilapidated. When the material of a flag deteriorates it should be destroyed privately and in a dignified way. i.e it may be cut into small unrecognisable pieces then disposed of with the normal rubbish collection.
  • The flag should not be flown upside down, even as a signal of distress.
  • The flag should not fall or lie on the ground or be used as a cover (although it can be used to cover a coffin at a funeral).

Nope….. no breaking of the protocols today!!

Protocols taken from It’s an honour

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