How to Raise a Flag on a Pole

Written by kira jaines
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Flags have a long history and many uses, from representing countries to signalling distress to decorating our homes. Flags are flown on sea, land and even the moon. An American flag snapping in the breeze can make you feel patriotic; a holiday flag can make you smile. Whatever the flag, hoisting it on a pole is a simple procedure; though, care must be taken if it is the American flag you are raising.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach the top snap hook of the flagpole's halyard to the top grommet of the flag.

  2. 2

    Raise the flag a little by pulling on the halyard line that does not have the snap hooks on it. When the flag has unfurled a bit, attach the bottom snap hook to the bottom grommet of the flag.

  3. 3

    Keeping hold of both halyard lines, pull on the line without the snap hooks to raise the flag.

  4. 4

    Hoist the flag to the top of the pole, then let it come down a couple inches so that the top snap hook won't rub or bang against the pulley assembly at the top of the pole.

  5. 5

    Secure the flag by wrapping the excess halyard, in a figure-of-eight fashion, around the pole's cleat, a boomerang-shaped piece with two long ends.

    Raising the American Flag

  1. 1

    At sunrise or the beginning of the day, attach the top snap hook of the flagpole's halyard to the top grommet of the flag.

  2. 2

    Making sure not to let the flag touch the ground, raise it a little by pulling on the halyard line that does not have the snap hooks on it. When the flag has unfurled a bit, attach the bottom snap hook to the bottom grommet of the flag.

  3. 3

    Keeping hold of both halyard lines, pull on the line without the snap hooks and raise the flag briskly to the peak of the pole, then let it down a couple inches.

  4. 4

    If flying the flag at half-staff, hoist it first to the peak of the pole and then bring it down to half-staff.

  5. 5

    Secure the flag by wrapping the excess halyard, in a figure-of-eight fashion, around the pole's cleat.

Tips and warnings

  • Use two people to raise the American flag, one to attach the snap hooks and one to hold the flag so it doesn't touch the ground.

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