GENERAL RULES FOR THE USE AND DISPLAY OF THE NATIONAL FLAG
HOISTING AND LOWERING OF THE NATIONAL FLAG
The Flag should be hoisted briskly to the top of the staff, care being taken to ensure that it occupies the correct position on the halyard, the right upper corner of the flag being at the peak of the staff. The Flag is to be lowered slowly and with dignity.
DISPLAYING THE NATIONAL FLAG WITH OTHER FLAGS AND EMBLEMS
In this country and at its Overseas Missions, no other flag, colour, standard, ensign, or other emblem should be displayed above or to the right of the National Flag: that is, the Flag's own right, or the observer's left. All other flags flown together with the National Flag of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago should be placed to the left of it.
When the flags of two or more nations are displayed together they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height and all the flags should be as far as possible of the same size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another in time of peace.
When the National Flag is flown with other flags it must be the first to go up and the last to come down. It must never be lowered while other flags are flying or are being hoisted.
When the National Flag is flown in a group with local flags, standards, ensigns, or emblems, such as those belonging to our Townships, institutions, societies, and organisations, it should be at the centre and at the highest point in the group.
When the National Flag or any other flag or flags are displayed from crossed staffs against a wall, the National Flag should be on the right (the flag's own right), with its staff placed in the front of any other staff or staffs as the case may be.
DISPLAYING FLAG AT A HORIZONTAL POSITION OR AN ANGLE
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a window sill, balcony, or the front of a building, the upper dexter quarter of the flag (or more simply, the top right corner of the flag) should go clear to the peak of the staff provided the flag is not being displayed at half-mast.
DISPLAYING FLAG WITHOUT STAFF
When the Flag is displayed otherwise than by being flown from a staff it should be displayed flat and fully extended, whether indoors or out, or so suspended that its folds fall as freely as if the Flag was staffed.
When the Flag is displayed over a street it should be suspended vertically with the upper dexter (right) quarter to the North in an East-West street or to the East in a North-South street.
When the Flag hangs over a sidewalk from a rope extending from house to a pole standing at the edge of the sidewalk it is displayed vertically, the upper dexter quarter towards the pole.
THE NATIONAL FLAG IN A PARADE
The National Flag should not be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free and borne to the front and middle of the Stand-bearer.
The National Flag when carried in a procession with another flag or with other flags abreast should be on the marcher's right (the right being the position of honour) with the other flags to the left of it. If the procession takes the form of a line of flags, the National Flag should be at the front of the centre of that line.
The salute to the Flag in a moving column by those present in uniform should be rendered at the moment the Flag passes.
When the Flag is displayed from a float or motor car the staff should be securely clamped to the chassis or the right fender.
The Flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of any vehicle, railway train or boat.
DISPLAY OF FLAG IN CHURCH
The Flag if used in the chancel of a church, should be borne on a staff at the clergyman's right as he faces the congregation, any other flags being placed on his left. When displayed on a staff in a chapel in front of the chancel, or in the body of the church, it should be flown from the congregation's right facing the chancel or platform; any other flags in the body of the church should be to the left of the congregation.
DISPLAY OF FLAG IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS
When used on a rostrum the Flag should be placed, if displayed flat, behind the speaker and high above his head and above all other decorations, the Flag occupying its normal position as when it flies from a staff; i.e. the upper dexter quarter should be uppermost and form the right side of the flag as it faces the audience.
When the Flag is displayed from a staff on a speaker's platform it should be placed at the speaker's right in the position of honor; if displayed in the body of the auditorium, facing the platform, it should fly from a staff at the right of the audience. Other flags in the body of the auditorium should be displayed from staffs standing to the left of the audience facing the speaker.
The National Flag must not be used to cover a speaker's desk or be draped in front of the platform.
THE FLAG AT UNVEILING MOMENTS
The Flag may be displayed at the Ceremony of unveiling a statue or monument but on such occasions it should not be used to cover the statue or monument.
THE FLAG AT FUNERALS
The National Flag may be used at official funerals. It is draped over the coffin with the upper dexter quarter at the head and over the left shoulder of the deceased. The Flag is secured at the four corners. It should be removed before the coffin is lowered into the grave and should not be allowed to touch the ground.
These rules also apply to a burial at sea.
DESTRUCTION OF WORN FLAG
The National Flag, when it is no longer fit for display, should be disposed of by burning. It should not be left lying about with other unserviceable articles.