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Flag Protocol

Flag Protocol

United States Flag Etiquette

Pursuant to authority outlined in the U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7, the Governor of a State is authorized to proclaim that the National Flag be flown at half-staff. In the event that the flag is lowered, a notice is disseminated from the Governor’s Press Office to local media outlets for broadcasts, as well as posted on the Governor’s website.

Arkansas Flag Proper Display

These guidelines were compiled by the Committee on Protocol for the Arkansas State Flag in 1997 and serve as a valuable resource that helps us all honor and respect this symbol of our statehood.

  • The Arkansas Flag should always be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.
  • The Arkansas Flag should be displayed on state holidays and on historic and special occasions.
  • The Arkansas Flag should not be displayed outdoors earlier than sunrise, nor later than sunset. When a patriotic effect is desired, however, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if directly illuminated during hours of darkness.
  • The Arkansas Flag should not be displayed during inclement weather, unless an all-weather flag is used. An all-weather flag is made from colorfast material.
  • The Arkansas Flag should be displayed on or near the main administration building of every state facility.
  • The Arkansas Flag should be dipped as a mark of honor to the U.S. Flag, or to the national anthem if the U.S. Flag is not being displayed. When the Arkansas Flag is dipped, care must be taken that it does not touch the ground or floor.
  • The Arkansas Flag may be dipped as a matter of courtesy to the flag of another nation or to its national anthem if the flag is not being displayed.
  • When the Arkansas Flag and the U.S. Flag are displayed together over the middle of a street, both flags should be suspended vertically and at the same level. The Arkansas Flag should be approximately the same size as, but never larger than, the U.S. Flag.

If you would like to receive alerts from the Governor’s Office regarding flag status, [click here].

For additional Flag Protocol for the State of Arkansas, the information can be found in our flag protocol brochure or you can call 501-682-1010 for more information about flying a flag at the Arkansas State Capitol.

To request that an American flag be flown over the United States Capitol, contact your United States Senator or Representative.