I’m sure you have seen the American flag displayed backwards in many places, like on cars, airplanes, and most notably on the right shoulder of soldier’s uniform. Why is this? Well it all has to do with the proper display of the flag.
When displaying the flag, the blue field of stars should always be in the highest position of honor. So if you are displaying the flag on a wall (horizontally or vertically) the blue field of stars will always be in the upper left. When displayed on a person or vehicle the FRONT is the highest position of honor.
Army Regulation 670-1 states, “the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that “the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.”
With a quick search on the internet you are sure to find some people who accept this explanation, but you will also find a handful of people who think there is only ONE way to display our flag – star field to the upper left corner – PERIOD… any other way is unpatriotic. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below!