How to Purchase a Flag of the United States That Has Flown Over the U.S. Capitol

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Where to Purchase an American Flag That Has Flown Over the U.S. Capitol Building?

TO ORDER AND PURCHASE A FLAG FLOWN OVER THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR BY FOLLOWING THE STEPS BELOW. 

One of the most popular services offered by United States Senators, in cooperation with the Senate Stationery Room, is the U.S. Flag Program. The Capitol Flag Program began in 1937 and has since offered constituents the opportunity to request American flags that have been flown over the United States Capitol Building. Most requests are in commemoration of special occasions.

To Order Your Capitol-Flown American Flag, Follow These Steps

Approximately six to eight weeks in advance of the date you’d like to have your flag flown... 

  1. You must order the flag from your U.S. Senator. Use the United States Senate online directory to find the website of your U.S. Senator.
  2. From the Senate Directory, navigate to your senator’s website, and find the link to constituent services (this comes under a variety of service-oriented headings).
  3. On the services page, find and click on the “Flag Requests” option.
  4. Follow the specific ordering instructions indicated by your senator.
  5. If you have any lingering questions, we recommend sending an email to your senator with “Flag Requests” in the subject line.

Additionally, these notes from our research may be helpful as you navigate your senator’s unique Flag Requests process…

  • Before a flag can be flown over the Capitol Building, it must be purchased from your U.S. Senator
  • Most senators offer the option to pay online directly from their websites, but if you are mailing a check or money order, the amount on the check must cover the complete cost of the flag and be made out to “The Keeper of the Stationery.”
  • Only a United States flag may be flown over the United States Capitol Building.
  • Flags are flown daily — weather permitting — all year long, with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, per the Architect of the Capitol.
  • To have the best chance of processing your flag on the date of your request, advanced notice of six to eight weeks is the typical recommendation.
  • Once flown, the constituent may receive the flag of the United States, and a certificate of authenticity from The Architect of the Capitol — suitable for framing — stating that the flag was flown over the Capitol. The certificate may also include the name of the person or organization for whom the flag was flown, the occasion for which it was flown, and the date upon which it was flown.
  • While it varies, flags and certificates are typically shipped three to six weeks after they have been flown.
  • Always contact your senator’s office with any questions regarding your flag request, as they will know the exact procedure as they prefer to follow it.

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7 comments

  • LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

    Ray,

    Thank you for your message.

    Yes! We agree — any time of year and any occasion is perfect for presenting one of these flags to a veteran and their family.

    Bear in mind, these are different from the flags that are presented to service members’ families when they pass away, and must be ordered from your U.S. Senator as businesses are not permitted to sell them.

    We hope this helps!
    Your friends at LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

  • LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

    Judy,

    Thank you for your question.
    Yes, absolutely!
    Any citizen may request one of these flags from their U.S. Senator.

    We hope this helps!
    Your friends at LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

  • LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

    Charles,

    Thank you for your question.
    Any citizen may request one of these flags from their U.S. Senator.

    We hope this helps!
    Your friends at LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

  • Ray Guajardo jr.

    Sadly, a flag is presented to a wife or child of a veteran at the funeral. Along with the words "from a grateful nation.., ". Wouldn’t you think that your marketing dept could tell potential customers that both the veteran and the family would be thrilled to show their pride in serving by presenting the flag while still living? This method would be an opportunity for a unforgettable family gathering and create monumental memories.

  • Judy Cook

    Can a private citizen have a flag flown over the capital?

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