On Flag Day, Gov. William Donald Schaefer is reminding all Marylanders to care for and display Maryland flags in the proper fashion.
In January 1989, the governor established a Commission on Protocol forthe Maryland state flag. The panel produced a formal Maryland state flag protocol.
Secretary of State Winfield M. Kelly Jr., chairman of the commission, offers a few tips to ensure that the Maryland flag is displayed and treated with the proper respect:
* The Maryland flag should always be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.
* TheMaryland flag shall be flown with the black stripe on the diagonal band at the first quarter at the top of the flagstaff.
* The Maryland flag may be flown on a plain pole or a pole that bears a gold crass bottony at the top of the flagstaff.
* When the Maryland flag isdisplayed on a float in a parade, the flag should always be attachedsecurely to a staff so it can fly free.
* On a single flagstaff, the U.S. flag is flown at the peak with the Maryland flag immediatelybelow.
* The Maryland flag should not be displayed unlighted outdoors earlier than sunrise nor later than sunset. However, the Maryland flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if directly illuminated duringthe hours of darkness.
Laminated 11-by-11 inch flag protocol placards are available at the Secretary of State's Office at:
Secretary of State's Office
Annapolis, Md. 21401.