Maryland Flag Protocol - Proper Display

Maryland Flag Protocol - Proper Display

2.01 - The Maryland flag should always be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.

2.02 - The Maryland flag shall be flown with the black stripe on the diagonal band of the first quarter at the top of the flagstaff, as shown in Figure 1 (State Government Article, §13-204).

Maryland flag must have bottanny cross on the pole and be flown from the first yellow and black quadrant with the black section connected to the pole
Figure 1

2.03 - Only a gold cross bottony may be used as an ornament on the top of a flagstaff that carries the Maryland flag, see Figure 1. (State Government Article, §13-203).

2.04 - The Maryland flag should be displayed on state holidays and on historic and special occasions.

2.05 - Except as provided in §4.02, the Maryland flag should not be displayed outdoors earlier than sunrise nor later than sunset. When a patriotic effect is desired, however, the Maryland flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if directly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

2.06 - Except as provided in §4.02, the Maryland flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, unless an all-weather flag is displayed. An all-weather flag is made from colorfast material.

2.07 - The Maryland flag should be displayed on or near the main administration building of every state facility.

2.08 - The Maryland 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 Maryland flag is dipped, care must be taken that it does not touch the ground or floor.

2.09 - The Maryland 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.

2.10 - The Maryland flag should not be carried flat or horizontally but always aloft and free, as it is carried in a parade.

2.11 - When the Maryland flag is displayed on a float in a parade, the flag should always be attached securely to a staff so it can fly freely.

2.12 - The Maryland flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of any vehicle, or on any railroad train, boat, or airplane.

2.13 - The Maryland flag should never be used to cover a platform or speaker's desk, or as a drape for the front of a speaker's platform. Bunting of yellow and black (or red and white) may be used.

2.14 - When displayed over the middle of a street, the Maryland flag should be suspended with the first and third quarters at the top, and with the first quarter to the flag's own right (the observer's left). When the Maryland 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 Maryland flag should be approximately the same size as, but never larger than, the U.S. flag. The U.S. flag should have the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street. The Maryland flag should be suspended as described above, with the first quarter to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street. (Fig. 2)

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Figure 2

2.15 - When the Maryland flag is displayed in any manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When the Maryland flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the first quarter should be at the top and to the flag's own right (the observer's left). When the U.S. flag and Maryland flag are displayed together against a wall, the U.S. flag should have the position of honor on the flag's own right (the observer's left), with the union uppermost and to the flag's own right (the observer's left). The Maryland flag should be displayed as described above, with the first quarter uppermost and to the flag's own right (the observer's left). When displayed with the U.S. flag against a wall, the Maryland flag should be approximately the same size as, but never larger than, the U.S. flag, and it should be suspended at the same height as, but never higher than, the U.S. flag. (Fig. 3)

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Figure 3