And the US flag goes Where?

Kyudo USA 2008 was the largest American seminar ever due, in part, from the international participation. Several Canadians attended and three from Argentina (more from Argentina would have come if they could have obtained visas and passports in time). NANKA rolled out the red carpet/shomen by displaying the flags of Canada, Argentina, Japan, the All Nippon Kyudo Federation flag along with the US flag. The intentions were good but the execution was a bit off. As future seminars may have even more international attendance it becomes important to know the US flag code. You can read the highlights of the code here.

It's a common mistake to put the US flag in the middle of others which apparently the chief instructor, Suda sensei, directed the dojo construction crew to do. Suda sensei knows kyudo but he clearly doesn't know the US Flag code. When displayed this way with other country flags the US flag goes on the viewers left with the stars on the left side followed by the other country flags in alphabetical order of the country names in English. The flag code says:

11. 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 order of precedence for flags generally is National flags (US first, then others in alphabetical order in English), State (host state first, then others in the order of admission) and territories (Washington DC, Puerto Rico, etc.), Military (in order of establishment: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), then other.
I hope to see even more country flags in future seminars!


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