General Company Info
How to contact Us?
In order to contact us, please call Toll-Free 1-800-874-1776. You may also reach our individual offices via phone, email or mail.
Gates Flag & Banner Company
6. East 1st Street
Clifton, NJ 07011
Gates Flag & Banner Company South (Mailing Address Only)
4026 Wards Rd. Unit G1 #147
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Gates Flag & Banner Company South (Physical Address)
Forest, VA – Call For Appointment
What are your store hours?
Our offices in NJ and VA are open Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 – 5:00. We are available for phone and e-orders during that time.
Our New Jersey location also offers a retail store that is open to the public. Shopping and pickups are available during open store hours.
NJ Retail Store Hours are as follows:
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
We are available to meet in person, based upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to submit requests.
How to Place an Order?
Order Online: Stock items can be ordered easily through the website at www.gatesflag.com. Customers may also request a quote for custom items and/or flagpole installation & service. (Please note our flagpole installation and service areas here.)
Order by Phone: We have a staff of highly trained individuals who can help determine exactly what you need. Call us at 1-800-874-1776, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.
Order In-Store: Come in and visit us at our retail location in Clifton, NJ. With 150 years of expertise, we are happy to assist! Please see our store hours above.
How can I change or cancel my order?
What are my payment options to place an order?
Pay by Credit Card: We accept all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. There is no extra fee to pay with a credit card.
Pay by Check: You may send in a check for an order that is placed online or over the phone. Once the check is received, the order will ship. Please note: Orders will NOT be sent until payment is received unless you have been approved through our credit check process.
If you would like to be set up to be invoiced for your order(s), please submit a request to email@example.com.
Pay by Purchase Order: Please be sure that purchase orders include all costs, including shipping & handling. Quote requests may be emailed to the addresses below. Purchase Orders may be emailed, faxed or mailed to the following locations:
Gates Flag & Banner Company Gates Flag & Banner Company South
6. East 1st Street 4026 Wards Rd. Unit G1 #147
Clifton, NJ 07011 Lynchburg, VA 24502
Fax: 973-478-3680 Fax: 973-478-3680
Pay by Cash: Cash is accepted in our retail store. Please note, we are not responsible for any cash that is lost or stolen in the mail.
When will my credit card be charged?
Why was my order delayed or cancelled?
Products are out of stock. We keep a very large inventory of products, but occasionally items are out of stock. If you have ordered an out of stock item, it typically takes 5-7 business days for the item to ship. Customers will be notified of this delay upon placing the order.
There is a shipping delay. Occasionally products are delayed by UPS, USPS, or FedEx. These delays can be due to weather, power outages, or other issues. Gates Flag & Banner Company is not responsible for any delays incurred once a package leaves our location. Customers are responsible for providing the correct Ship-To address and accepting the package. Failure to do so may lead to further delays. If you are experiencing a delay, please feel free to track your package here.
Products are no longer available. Although very rare, occasionally products are discontinued. It is our goal to always keep our website up to date, to ensure customers will not purchase items that are no longer available. If a discontinued item is purchased, the order will be canceled, and the customer will receive a full refund.
It is always our main goal to provide you with quality products in a timely manner. If you have a concern, please contact us at 1-800-874-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is my order arriving in multiple shipments?
What happens once you receive my order?
If your item is out of stock or discontinued, we will notify you right away. If you need to cancel or change your order, please see more information here.
Why is there a charge on my card if my order was cancelled?
What do I do if my promo code is not working?
How do I sign up to receive promo codes?
What if my product is missing parts or damaged upon receipt?
Whenever possible, check your package before signing for receipt. If your package has been damaged in shipping, please refuse delivery and inform us via email@example.com. We will ship out a replacement product as soon as possible.
What is your return policy?
What is your return address?
Gates Flag & Banner Company South
4026 Wards Rd. Unit G1 #147
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Residents of all other states may send their returns to:
Gates Flag & Banner Company
6 East 1st Street
Clifton, NJ 07011
Shipping and Receiving
When will I receive my order?
Can I buy online and pick up at your store?
What is your shipping policy?
Installation and Service
Do you provide onsite installation?
If you have an installation request in Virginia or North Carolina, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to meet your needs.
How do I order installation?
Do you provide service for flagpoles?
If you have a service request in Virginia or North Carolina, please contact us at email@example.com, and we will do our best to meet your needs.
How do I order a flagpole service?
Do you paint flagpoles?
What are common terms used in the flag industry?
The blue field in the upper left corner of the flag.
The object on the top of a flag pole generally an arrow, ball, or eagle.
The edge of the flag that is away from the pole, also the distance from the pole edge of the flag to the outer edge.
Gold braiding placed along the three edges of the flag away from the pole.
Braiding placed along the three edges of the flag away from the pole.
The flag at the center of the pole as a sign of mourning.
The rope used to raise the flag; also called a hoist rope.
The edge of the flag parallel to the pole and opposite the fly; also the measurement of the flag along the pole edge.
The measurement of the flag between the fly and the hoist.
The front or more important side of the flag. The side shown when the flagpole is to the right of the flag.
Point of Honor:
On the United States Flag this is the blue field and stars (union).
Flag pole. On a ship it may be referred to as a mast.
The blue background with white stars.
The distance along the side of the flag parallel to the pole.
What are the proper Standards and Respect in regards to the U.S. Flag?
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
- The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
- The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
- The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman, and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
- The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
- When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.
How do I properly raise and lower my flag?
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
How do I properly display my flag indoors?
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.
How do I properly display my flag outdoors?
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
- The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger
- No other flag ever should be placed above it.
- The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
How do I properly display the flag in parade?
How do I properly salute the flag?
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting. When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
How do I properly display my flag in mourning?
The flag is to be flown at half-staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
What is the standard for a proper U.S. Flag Display?
- When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
- The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right [that means the viewer’s left], and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
- The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By “half-staff” is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of the United States.
- When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the right of the flag of the United States (the viewer’s left). When the flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the US flag at the mid-point and the other flag below.
- When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
- When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
- When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.
- When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.
- That the flag, when carried in a procession with another flag, or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
- The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
- When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
- When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience).
- When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
- When hung in a window, place the blue union in the upper left, as viewed from the street.
Is it appropriate to fly a flag that has fewer than 50 stars?
When is an appropriate time to fly your flag at half-mast?
When flying more than one flag, what order should they be in?
What is the meaning of the folds in a flag-folding ceremony?
- The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
- The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
- The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
- The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
- The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
- The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
- The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
- The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mother’s day.
- The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
- The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
- The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
- When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”
Can I fly my flag 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
What size flag should I fly on my flagpole?
|Pole Height||Flag Size|
|15’||3 x 5’|
|20’, 25’ Residential||4 x 6’|
|25’ Commercial||5 x 8’ or 5 x 9.5’|
|30’||6 x 10’|
|35’, 40’||8 x 12’|
|50’||10 x 15’ or 10 x 19’|
|60’||12 x 18’|
|70’||15 x 25’|
|80’||20 x 30’ or 20 x 38’|
|90’||30 x 50’|
|100’||30 x 60’|
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