Flags in Missouri: Displayed backwards?


It’s interesting trying to find photographs of the U.S. flag displayed with a state flag, as I do for posts on each state’s statehood day celebration.  Today is Missouri’s anniversary of admission to the union in 1821, and I looked high and low for a good photo.

Along the way I found a photo of three flags displayed at the Missouri Capitol Building. They flew half-staff to honor a recently deceased state official, so I didn’t think it illustrated a statehood celebration well.

When flown on flagpoles in a row, of even height, the U.S. flag always flies on it’s own right, or to the left of a viewing audience (see paragraph f of this part of the U.S. Flag Code).

That’s not where it’s flown at the Missouri Capitol.

U.S. flag always flies on the viewer's left. What's going on in this photo of the Missouri Capitol? Caption from the New York Daily News: Flags around the Missouri Capitol complex in Jefferson City were lowered to half staff after the suicide of state Auditor Tom Schweich on Feb. 26. On March 30, a spokesman for the office, Robert Jackson, committed suicide. Photo: AP

U.S. flag always flies on the viewer’s left. What’s going on in this AP photo of the Missouri Capitol? Caption from the New York Daily News: “Flags around the Missouri Capitol complex in Jefferson City were lowered to half staff after the suicide of state Auditor Tom Schweich on Feb. 26. On March 30, a spokesman for the office, Robert Jackson, committed suicide. Photo: AP”

Anybody know what’s up? Do these three flagpoles “face” the Capitol?

While we’re at it: The black flag is the POW-MIA flag. The flag in the center is the state flag of Missouri. What is the flag on the photo’s left?

4 Responses to Flags in Missouri: Displayed backwards?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    A memorial to veterans — thanks Bret for figuring out that flag (how’d you do that?).

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Jim Lackey answered at Facebook. Now, can I translate Facebook to WordPress?

    State House flags appear to be on the other side (front) these flags are at the front of anther building and a entrance to a reflecting pool. About center of picture…
    Jim Lackey’s photo.

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Jim Lackey answered on Facebook:

    Flags at monument facing Missouri Capitol, from Google Earth

    [http://www.facebook.com/edarrell/posts/10154143779564972?comment_id=10154144355194972&offset=0&total_comments=2&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D]

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  4. Bret says:

    The flag poles are on the edge of a plaza (on the other side of the flags in this photo), so presumably they are using the viewing plaza as the location of the intended audience. The flag on the left in the photo is the Missouri Veterans Commission flag.

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