Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 

 

I am not sure the proper way to display my American flag under certain circumstances?
 
Visit the Flag Etiquette section of our website.  There you can access the complete version of the Flag Code of the United States.
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I have witnessed an inappropriate display or mis-use of the American flag. To whom should I report this violation of the Flag Code?   

 
The Flag Code contains no fines or other penalties. There is no agency to whom to report violations. It is meant to be a guideline for flag etiquette and it is not enforceable by any Federal Law. 
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What are the guidelines a Governor or President should follow for calling for the flags to be half-staffed?  

 
It is up to the authority of the President or Governor.  The Governor or President has total discretion and we have no comment on their decisions
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Why are Annin American flags not folded into the shape of a triangle when sold?

 
The folding of an American flag into the shape of a triangle is part of a military ceremony and has evolved into a custom that has been picked up by the VFW, American Legion, the Boy and Girl Scouts and other patriotic organizations. There is no right or wrong way to fold an American flag as long as it is treated with respect.  The Flag Code of the United States does not mention a specific way of folding the flag nor does it endorse any one ceremony.  There is no ‘official’ flag folding ceremony.
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I have an old Annin flag that has been in my family for years. Now I want to display it  everyday but it needs to be cleaned how do I clean it?
 
Many US flags sold in the past 20 years have been made of synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester. These can be machine washed in cold water with a mild detergent. Older flags made of cotton or wool may be more fragile. Natural fabrics tend to deteriorate with age and the fibers become brittle. I would be hesitant to machine- wash these older flags. You can try washing by hand with Woolite or a similar product.
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I have an old flag. Can you identify it or help me find out if it is valuable?

 
Sorry, we are not able to evaluate old flags. Visit the website for Antique Flag Assessment. The address is www.vexman.net . They do a good job of helping to evaluate old flags.
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How do I dispose of an old flag?

 
To dispose of a worn U.S. Flag you can either burn it, if your municipality permits, or cut it up and dispose of the pieces. Try contacting your local VFW or American Legion Post, very often they will accept and ceremoniously dispose of U.S. flags that are in need of retirement.
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Does Annin have a recycling program?

 
Yes we do. Download our Recycling Guide for more information.
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I saw an instance where Annin was letting a flag  touch the floor. This is not allowed. Why would you do this?

 
When the Flag Code states that the U.S. Flag should not touch the ground it is referring to the procedure for lowering the flag down a flagpole. The flag should not be allowed to fall to the ground. It should be caught and handled respectfully and folded neatly. When Annin is manufacturing then inspecting and packing very large flags it is necessary to spread them out on a designated clean area of the factory floor.  The flags are always handled with respect.  This is not in violation of the Flag Code.
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Why is your packaging bi-lingual?  

 
I am sorry if you were offended by Annin's bilingual packaging.

Bi-lingual packaging is mandated by many of our largest customers. They have had policies in place that state that any product sold in their stores has to have bi-lingual packaging. If we didn't comply we would be heavily fined and could be barred from the stores. We have since gotten an exception based on the nature of our products and as we re-order new packaging we are changing the text back to English only.

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Are all Your Flags made in the USA?

 
All of Annin’s American flags and patriotic decorations are made in the U.S.A as are the majority of our other flags and banners. Our manufacturing plants are in South Boston, Virginia and Coshocton, Ohio.  Although we always try to source domestically whenever possible, some of our hardware items and flagpoles are imported.
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With so many choices, how do I know which flag material to select?

 
It is important to select the correct material for your particular application. We’ve prepared Choosing a Flag guidelines guidelines to help make your choice an easy one.
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What is the correct sized flag for my flagpole?

 
Please see Choosing a Flag guidelines to help you find the correct sized flag for your pole.
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Is it proper to fly a US flag that has been used as a casket cover?

 
Yes.
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I bought a new flag last week and put it on my car. Now it’s all torn up. Why did it wear  out so quickly?
 
None of the US flags we make are designed to withstand the stress of being displayed on vehicles and driven on the highway. Even the “auto” flags we make are only meant to be used for short time periods, parades and festivals for example. If you want to show your patriotism on your car it would better to use a bumper sticker or tape a US flag inside a side window. Tying a flag to your antenna or otherwise affixing it to your vehicle is unsafe. It could easily tear loose and fly off, thereby causing an accident.
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Do you give tours of your factories?
 
Sorry, no. We are not allowed due to insurance reasons.
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