Canada’s national flag is always given a position of honour on home soil, particularly when displayed with the flags of other nations. To comply with national flag etiquette, the Town of Huntsville recently updated its flag protocol.
The Mayor is authorized to order the lowering of flags to half-mast at municipal properties. One of those locations is Flag Park at the corner of West Road and Centre Street North, where the flags of nine nations fly to represent the heads of state that attended the G8 Summit in Huntsville in 2010.
As National Flag of Canada Etiquette requires, the Canadian flag flies higher than those of the other nations. The rules also state that “it should not be subjected to dishonour or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag or ensign. The National Flag always takes priority over all other national flags when flown on Canadian soil.”
At the May 30 General Committee meeting, a staff report noted that the Town’s flag protocol would be updated to prohibit lowering of the Canadian flag to half-mast at Flag Park, and thus below those of the other nations, “as it would contravene the Canadian National Flag of Canada Etiquette.”
The update also removes the Huntsville Train Station from the list of municipal flag locations as the property is no longer owned by the Town of Huntsville.
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