Take Care Of Maryland Flags

June 14, 1991

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

State House

Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Information: 974-5523.

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