Uniform Guidelines

At the Falconette Commission meeting in Pittsburgh on March 19, 1994, the following was recommended by the Falconette Commission and voted on by the National Board of Directors and approved.

Recommendations for Falcon Uniforms:

Ladies–white short-sleeve knit golf shirt; navy blue skirt, slacks or shorts; white tennis shoes for drills, color optional for other functions; optional Falcon cap; optional red belt

Men–white short-sleeve knit golf shirt or white dress shirt with red tie; medium grey pants; navy blazer; optional Falcon cap

The PFA emblem is to be worn with the Falcon uniform on the pocket of the navy blazer or over the heart of the knit golf shirt. Falcon award pins are to be worn on the left blazer lapel and/or on the left shirt collar.

Flag Display Guidelines

General Display:

It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, unless it is an all-weather flag.

Only the President of the United States or the Governor of the state may order the flag to be at half-staff to honor the death of a national or state figure. If the flag will be flown at half-staff, it must still be raised in the usual manner. The flag is raised then lowered to be flown. When taking the flag down for the day, there again, it must be raised to the top of the pole and then lowered to be put away.

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America. When pennants or other flags are flown on the same halyard with the National flag, the latter should always be at the peak. When flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

The flag, when carried in a procession or with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff (or against a wall or in a window). Out of respect for the flag of the United States of America, it should never be dipped to any person or thing.

The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free. It should never be allowed to touch the ground. The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.

During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with right hand over the heart.

Auditorium Display:

When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. When from a staff in a public auditorium, the National flag should hold the position of a superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the speaker or the right of the audience.

Folding of the Flag:

  1. Two persons, facing each other, hold the flag waist high and horizontally between them.
  2. The lowered striped section is folded, lengthwise, over the blue field of stars. Hold bottom to top and edges together securely.
  3. Fold the flag again, lengthwise, folded edge to open edge.
  4. A triangular fold is started along the length of the flag, from the end to the heading by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open edge.
  5. The outer point is turned inward parallel with the open edge, forming a second triangle.
  6. Repeat the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded.
  7. When the flag is completely folded, only the triangular field of stars should be visible.