Flags of our state and nation are flying all around us. Individuals who want to display the flag are often fuzzy about the law, etiquette, and protocol. This guide will help you find the information you need to ensure you are flying the flag proudly and properly.
The provisions regarding the Texas state flag, including information on the display are in Chapter 3100 of the Texas Government Code. You will find additional information in Texas Flag Resources on this page.
Government Code Chapter 3100 covers all aspects of the Texas flag including the design, display, pledge of allegiance, and retiring of the flag. The Governor is granted executive order power to order the flag to be flown at half-staff.
Texas Flag Resources
Because Texas law may not be easy to understand, below you will find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."
The Texas State Library and Archives provides this page with links to images and information on historic Texas flags.
Below you will find references to federal law related to the United States flag. The Flag Code states that it is "for the use of such civilian groups or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or more executive departments" of the federal government. Because the code does not include penalties or enforcement provisions it is more a voluntary guideline for citizens who want to display the flag in a respectful manner. You may find the United States Flag Resources helpful in understanding the code.
A citizen's guide to the United States flag, this government publication gives an excellent overview of the history of the flag and the ceremony and laws relating to the flag of the United States of America. A physical copy of the publication is also available in the library.
On June 14, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing June 14th as national Flag Day. On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the "Stars and Stripes" design. This Library of Congress website provides a multimedia resource to help you learn about this symbol of our country and celebrate its place in our history.
The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.
Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.
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