Maryland Flag Protocol - Desecration

Maryland Flag Protocol - Desecration



3.01 - The Maryland flag should be accorded the same respect as the U.S. flag.

3.02 - No person shall publicly mutilate, deface, defile, defy, trample upon, or by word or act cast contempt upon the Maryland flag (Criminal Law Article, §10-704).

3.03 - The Maryland flag should not be allowed to touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

3.04 - The Maryland flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

3.05 - No person shall, in any manner, for exhibition or display:

  • Place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement of any nature upon any flag . . . authorized by any law of the United States or of this State; or
  • Expose to public view any such flag . . . upon which shall have been printed, painted or otherwise produced, or to which shall have been attached, appended, affixed or annexed any such word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement; or
  • Expose to public view for sale, manufacture, or otherwise, or to sell, give or have in possession for sale, for gift or for use for any purpose, any substance, being an article of merchandise, or receptacle, or thing for holding or carrying merchandise, upon or to which shall have been produced or attached any such flag . . . in order to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark or distinguish such article or substance. (Criminal Law Article, §10-703).


3.06 - The prohibition against use of the Maryland flag outlined in 3.05 shall not apply to any act permitted by the statutes of the United States (or of this State), or by the United States Army and Navy regulations, nor shall it apply to any printed or written document or production, stationery, ornament, pictures, apparel or jewelry whereon shall be depicted said flag. . . with no design or words thereon and disconnected with any advertisement (Criminal Law Article, §10-702).

3.07 - The Maryland flag itself should not be made into or be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery, nor should the Maryland flag be cut, torn, or otherwise disfigured to create wearing apparel, a costume, or athletic uniform.

3.09 - A lapel pin bearing a replica of the Maryland flag should be worn only on the left lapel near the heart.

3.10 - Under the auspices of a state-sponsored program, design elements from the Maryland flag may be used in graphics, displays, or designs intended to promote Maryland and to encourage an appreciation for the State and its people.