Rule Number One: Never fly a tattered and faded flag. Many companies and organizations offer to properly dispose the flag. If that is not available, dispose your flag by burning is respectfully in a ceremony.
Rule Number Two: Only fly the flag from sunrise to sunset. If you like to fly the flag during night time, it should be lighted. A timed spotlight will do nicely.
Rule Number Three: If the flag is flown at half mast, it should first be hoisted to the top and then lowered to half mast. When taken down, the flag should again be hoisted to the top and then slowly lowered.
Rule Number Four: If another nation's flag is flown alongside the American flag, they should be flown on separate poles, same heights, and the flags should be of equal size; however, the American flag should have the place of honor. (It's kind of tricky for me to figure out which is the right side. From whose view?)
Rule Number Five: If state flags, college and community etc.flags are also to be flown, the national flag has the place of honor and the other flags are usually placed on lower poles.
There is nothing that says that you can't fly your flag at half mast to honor the passing of a loved one. It is on your property and thus does not adhere to presidential decrees or suggestions.
When the flag is taken down, it should never touch the ground. Also note that when the flag is folded into a triangle, it is folded thirteen times. It is not necessary to do so, but fold the flag respectfully.
Keep in mind: "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." Section 8 of the Flag Code.
Thank you for visiting my blog and fly your flag proudly.