To keep your flagpole in good condition, you must regularly inspect it for damage.

Symbols of flagpole

A flagpole is a pole that is used to display flags.

National Flags

The most common types of flags flown from them are national flags. A culture may have more than one nation, and some of these may have more than one language. These countries have their own unique set of national symbols; in international culture, there are also various other regional or cultural emblems. Indoor flag poles include those used at offices, schools, clubs and elsewhere; these may be made out of aluminium or glass fibre poles.


A person who flies a flag up the pole is called a “flagger”. Flaggers are typically employed by government agencies or non-government organisations like clubs, associations and sports teams to show special patriotic support at sporting events as well as on occasions such as anniversaries or military remembrance days.

Cultural context

Countries and regions that use proportional representation in their flags or emblems will sometimes fly flag poles with multiple horizontal bars, to display multiple flags or banners. Taiwan, for instance, will often fly the flag of the Republic of China (ROC) on one side and the flag of its own province or city on the other.


Iraqi provinces may be represented by multiple vertical stripes. For example, the flag of Erbil has seven white stripes; Sulaymaniyah’s has six green ones. The cantons in a horizontal triband flag may also each be flown as a single-coloured pole for easy comparison by those who are called upon to fly or examine such a variety of flags.


Flag poles are present in most communities and in many countries. They traditionally serve as symbols of a country (for example, the flag of the United States), territory, town or village.


Focal Point

In schools, the flag pole forms a focal point for student assemblies and in many cases stands for the institution itself. It may have engraved on it insignia and mottos of the school, as well as symbols of sport teams, musical instruments or other items associated with the school (such as a book or clock face). At one time, however, flagpoles were an integral part of academic ceremonies. The flagpole stands in front of houses, apartment buildings and businesses.

Symbols of flagpole

Residential Flagpoles

Most residential flagpoles stand about 7 metres high. Outside Israel, no building codes require them to be any higher. Inside Israel, they are often 3-5 meters high because of security concerns. Flagpoles may also be made of glass fibre, metal or wood and set in concrete to provide a structural base for the flagpole.
The upside-down flag is caused when the canton (csuperior) of the Union Flag forms an inverted Y with the St George's Cross and has that part facing forward. In some other countries, such as China, handling or flying an upside-down national flag may have legal consequences.
Flags that are flown on both sides of a building or pole serve as memorials and can be made out of any material including paper, cloth and glass fibre. The main purpose of flagpoles is to fly flags for decoration and identification, especially for outdoor sporting events


National flags are sometimes flown upside down at night, to avoid accidental damage. In Australia, it is a custom for members of the Royal Australian Navy Reserves to fly the flag upside down from the mast of their vessels when not in use. The use of flagpoles has been copied by many other nations and in many days. Although, the history of flags dates back to ancient times where people used flags as a measure of a culture or as a long-distance to be found by others, the history of flagpoles begins with the use of flags during times of war.