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OT Proper way to Fly or Hang The British Flag

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Bill Kiger
Thomasville, NC, USA   usa
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What is the correct way to fly the British flag and which is the proper way to hang the flag. I know there is a right way and the upside down which is wrong and disrespectfull to say the least.I was shown once but that has been too long ago Who would like to see the US flag hung backwards or upside down, isn't that the distress signal? Bill
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David Hawkins
Deer Isle, Maine, USA   usa
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Carl W. French
Alfred, Maine, USA   usa

Thanks, the only way to tell is by the orientation of the little white stripes. Not much of a diff and very easy to mess up.



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Bill Kiger
Thomasville, NC, USA   usa
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Thanks guys, How about in the vertical position? ie hanging on a wall

Bill
Andy Borris
Kent, United Kingdom   gbr


Shouldn't worry about it too much, after all you can buy Union flag underpants and knickers in most clothing shops in the UK!

I doubt too, whether many people in the UK even know that there's a right and wrong way to hang the flag.


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new york, USA   usa
1961 MG MGB
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I got the Father Land flag hangin in my Room, Germany.



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Steve Shack
Victoria, Canada   can

kbash Wrote:
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> I got the Father Land flag hangin in my Room,
> Germany.

Didn't we beat you in a war or something? Oh right. Two of 'em. :-)
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Drew Maddock
74 MGB roadster, Southern California, USA   usa

I thought we declared independence from Britain? What are we doing waving their flag around? Makes us sound like a bunch of Canadians. smiling smiley

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Steve Shack
Victoria, Canada   can

I've got dual citizenship... So it'd be fair for me to wave the british flag around.
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Bill Kiger
Thomasville, NC, USA   usa
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I plan on hanging the one I have in the garage. Out of respect I wish to display it in proper fashion. The MG's in the garage might get mad if it's wrong, bad mojo.lol
Bill
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Dan DiBiase
Dayton, NJ, USA   usa
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Bill, to display it vertically, use the following guide -

When displayed on a wall, a flag is either displayed horizontally, or vertically. If displayed vertically, the upper hoist of the flag is on the viewer's left hand side. For example, with the Canadian flag, the stem of the maple leaf would point to the viewer's right, and the points - or top - of the leaf would point to the viewer's left.

From http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=602479

So, with the American flag, the blue field would be on the upper left as you face the flag. With the Union Jack, the same would apply - the upper corner that goes closest to the flag pole would be on the viewer's left, as they face the flag.

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Eric Marshall
Pentwater, Michigan, USA   usa

I am a dual citizen too!

Hanging the flag upside down is a sign of distress. The trick is knowing when it is upside down! The US flag is much easier in this regard, but also more difficult to keep it secret from your enemies!



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Edward Whitlock
Georgia, USA   usa
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Limey Wrote:
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> I am a dual citizen too!
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> Hanging the flag upside down is a sign of
> distress.

Actually, that is common misconception There is no documented rule that states this. There are many signs of distress in the International Rules of Navigation, but an upside down flag is not one of them. Shooting a gun is, though. smiling smiley





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Drew Maddock
74 MGB roadster, Southern California, USA   usa


http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html#1

There's probably a similar website about dispalying the Union Jack. I'm sure your 'B will be comforted by the flag, but it probably misses drizzle, pubs, "football," and tea breaks too much to care.

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Rusty Koester
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA   usa

Hey Keenan! I've got the father land flag in my room too!

after all, you can't mistake a good ol' German with the last name Koester



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Brian M
HB, California, USA   usa
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Hey Ed, I just read that it indeed IS a signal of Distress to fly the flag of a nation, in fact, any nation, upside down.

I agree there are others, but that is one of them too.
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new york, USA   usa
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Good job Rusty smiling smiley



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Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   usa
1968 MG MGC
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1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion
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When displayed horizontally, I *believe* that the wider of the white stripes of the "X" of the Union Jack should be on top and to the left.



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Eric Marshall
Pentwater, Michigan, USA   usa

The way I always envision it is, if you look at the red X on the flag, it looks like it is turning counter-clockwise, that is the wider white stripes are behind the rotating X, with the flag to the right of the pole, or the pole above the flag if hung vertically.



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Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   usa
1968 MG MGC
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Well...I used to fly a Union Jack from my radio antennae on my MGB at car shows...and was told by Ken Smith that my MGB must "be in distress" as the wider of the white stripes was on the bottom rather than on the top.

FWIW....



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