Maryland Flag Protocol - Desecration



3.01 - The Maryland flag should be accorded the same respect as the U.S. flag.

3.02 - No person shall publicly mutilate, deface, defile, defy, trample upon, or by word or act cast contempt upon the Maryland flag (Criminal Law Article, §10-704).

3.03 - The Maryland flag should not be allowed to touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

3.04 - The Maryland flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

3.05 - The prohibition against use of the Maryland flag outlined in 3.02 shall not apply to any act permitted by the statutes of the United States (or of this State), or by the United States Army and Navy regulations, nor shall it apply to any printed or written document or production, stationery, ornament, pictures, apparel or jewelry whereon shall be depicted said flag. . . with no design or words thereon and disconnected with any advertisement (Criminal Law Article, §10-702).

3.06 - The Maryland flag itself should not be made into or be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery, nor should the Maryland flag be cut, torn, or otherwise disfigured to create wearing apparel, a costume, or athletic uniform.

3.07 - A lapel pin bearing a replica of the Maryland flag should be worn only on the left lapel near the heart.

3.08 - Under the auspices of a state-sponsored program, design elements from the Maryland flag may be used in graphics, displays, or designs intended to promote Maryland and to encourage an appreciation for the State and its people.

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