Inappropriate Use of the United States Flag Image

Inappropriate use of the United States flag

Inappropriate uses of the United States flag image or its symbol are listed in the United States Flag Code.

According to the Flag Code:

  1. "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery."
  2. "The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling."
  3. "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
  4. "The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard."
  5. "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations."
  6. "The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything."
  7. "The flag should not be emblazoned on items such as lawn chairs, paper products, yard goods and furniture.