Some U.S. State flags are symmetrical and some are almost symmetrical. With a symmetrical flag, there is no top or bottom, you just fly the flag. However, the flags that are almost symmetrical can give you fits, if you are careless and don’t pay attention to which way is up.
In this article I want to clarify the subtle differences in the almost symmetrical flags.
- New Mexico
The flags in this next group are almost symmetrical, but have little signs that help know the right direction to hoist the flag. Look carefully at the pictures, then I’ll discuss the right way to fly these flags.
- District of Columbia
The Maryland flag appears symmetrical at first glace, but the opposing corners are different. One is black and the other is gold. I think I have this example right-side up, but it’s easy to confuse.
The Ohio flag is the only flag that is not rectangular in shape, and is easily flown upside-down if you’re in a hurry. To fly this flag correctly, pay attention to the five-pointed stars which need to point up.
The Tennessee flag has three star in the center, two on top, and one on the bottom. That is the secret, two stars on top. To correctly fly this flag requires the two stars be on top while the single star is on bottom..
The Texas flag has two vertical stripes, white and red, with a five pointed star. To fly the Texas flag properly the white stripe goes on top and the single point of the star pointing up. I remember by this rhyme, “white is right.”
The DC flag includes the three stars across the top, not the bottom. Again five-pointed stars with the single point indicating up.
The most telling part of four of these flags is the five-pointed stars. They tell the most about correctly flying a State flag, so look carefully at the flags flying in front of your business. Are they flying correctly?