RESIDENTS of Pinaroo aged care in Roma learned their Australian flag procedure this morning from two experts in the field including one of their own.

Second World War veteran and Pinaroo resident Les Whitton will turn 91 in July but with the help of RSL branch president Robert Menz he showed he still knew how to fold the flag and put it on the flagpole.

Mr Menz was at Pinaroo today to hand over a new flag to the facility courtesy of Bruce Scott MP, federal member for Maranoa.

With the help of Mr Whitton, who served in the New Guinea campaign during the war, Mr Menz gave a demonstration of proper flag procedure.

"The jack must be at the top  not the bottom  and you must never let the flag touch the ground," Mr Menz said.

"When flying it at half mast you must start it at the top and then lower it one third of the way down."

Mr Menz also showed residents how to fold the flag so that the jack always appears on the top.

Pinaroo diversional therapist Karen Dries said they were delighted to have the new flag in time for Anzac Day.

"We have a special Anzac Day service at 10am and all family members of residents are invited," she said.

Flying the Australian flag

  • The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be raised no earlier than first light and lowered no later than dusk.
  • When the flag is raised or lowered, or when it is carried in a parade or review, everyone present should be silent and face the flag. People in uniform should salute.
  • The flag should always be flown freely and as close as possible to the top of the flagpole with the rope tightly secured.
  • Unless all flags are raised and lowered simultaneously, the Australian National Flag should be raised first and lowered last.
  • When the Australian National Flag is flown with flags of other nations, all flags should be the same size and flown on flagpoles of the same height
  • When flying with only one other national flag, the Australian National Flag should fly on the left of a person facing the flags.
  • Two flags should not be flown from the same flagpole.
  • The flag may be flown at night only when it is illuminated.
  • The flag should never be flown if it is damaged, faded or dilapidated. When the material of a flag deteriorates it should be destroyed privately and in a dignified way. i.e. it may be cut into small unrecognisable pieces then disposed of with the normal rubbish collection.
  • The flag should not be flown upside down, even as a signal of distress.
  • The flag should not fall or lie on the ground or be used as a cover (although it can be used to cover a coffin at a funeral).

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