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What governs displaying the flag of the United States in connection with the flag of the United Nations or other national or international flags?

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General Flag Etiquette
Question: 
What governs displaying the flag of the United States in connection with the flag of the United Nations or other national or international flags?
Answer: 

No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other nation or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence of honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence and honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations. This particular section of the Code can be confusing if not read carefully. First the term “national or international flag equal” refers to the flags of other nations, it does not imply the flags cannot be flown at the same height. If it did, then it would be in conflict with international rules which forbid the display of the flag of one nation higher than another in time of peace. Secondly, “or in place of” does not take away the right of an individual to display the flag of another country on his/her own property.

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