On Flag Day, Gov. William Donald Schaefer is reminding all Marylanders to care for and display Maryland flags in the proper fashion.

In January 1989, the governor established a Commission on Protocol forthe Maryland state flag. The panel produced a formal Maryland state flag protocol.

Secretary of State Winfield M. Kelly Jr., chairman of the commission, offers a few tips to ensure that the Maryland flag is displayed and treated with the proper respect:

* The Maryland flag should always be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously.

* TheMaryland flag shall be flown with the black stripe on the diagonal band at the first quarter at the top of the flagstaff.

* The Maryland flag may be flown on a plain pole or a pole that bears a gold crass bottony at the top of the flagstaff.

* When the Maryland flag isdisplayed on a float in a parade, the flag should always be attachedsecurely to a staff so it can fly free.

* On a single flagstaff, the U.S. flag is flown at the peak with the Maryland flag immediatelybelow.

* The Maryland flag should not be displayed unlighted outdoors earlier than sunrise nor later than sunset. However, the Maryland flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if directly illuminated duringthe hours of darkness.

Laminated 11-by-11 inch flag protocol placards are available at the Secretary of State's Office at:

Secretary of State's Office

State House

Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Information: 974-5523.

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