Flag Raising
Flag Raising
Flag Certificate
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency will fly your American flag over the Pentagon in honor of a special occasion or person.

Guidelines for Requesting an American Flag Flown Over the Pentagon
  • All requestors must complete a PFPA FM 55 form
    1. Must indicate the Name of the Person for whom the flag is to be flown 
    2. Date to be flown
    3. Occasion flag is flown
    4. Point of Contact information
  • Standard size flags are 3x5, 4x6, 5x7; however, all sizes are accepted.
  • All requests must be submitted 5 to 15 business days prior to the event.
  • The requestor must provide the flag to be flown.
  • The PFPA FM 55  form along with the flag must be hand carried or mailed (see below) to the Flag Coordinator.
  • Flag Coordinator will contact the POC with guidance on pick-up once the flag has been flown
  • Each returned flag will be accompanied by a certificate verifying the date upon which the flag was flown and the name of the person for whom the flag was flown for.
  • Due to limited space, flags cannot be held for more than 30 days from the date of receipt.
  • All questions and concerns can be submitted via email at: pfpa.flagsoverpentagon@mail.mil

Room 5B890 on the 5th floor between corridors 8 and 9 Mondays to Fridays (excluding Federal Holidays)

Hrs of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 703-692-7842.

Pentagon Force Protection Agency
9000 Defense Pentagon, Room 5B890
Washington, DC 20301-9000

  1. If you do not have Pentagon access and are mailing the flag, please add an additional week to the standard 5 to 15 business days prior to the event.
  2. The requestor must provide the return postage from the post office or another requestor prepaid shipping method (i.e. FedEx with an account number or postage stamps) in order for the flag and certificate to be returned. PFPA cannot accept cash, money orders, or checks for the return postage and is not responsible for providing return postage or packaging.
  3. The requestor will be notified immediately to arrange for shipping if return postage or another paid shipping method is not received with the flag.
  4. A typed or printed letter of request must accompany the flag and contain the following information: 
  • The name of the flag recipient.
  • The occasion in which the flag will be flown for.
  • The specific date the flag is requested to be flown on. If no date is specified, the flag will be flown 15 business days after receipt of the flag.
  • The point of contact’s name, address, telephone number, and email address.

  • Once flags are flown they are folded into a traditional triangle fold. This increases the bulk of the flag and therefore WILL NOT be able to ship in priority mail cardboard mailers.
  • For 1 standard 3X5 flag with accompanying certificate the suggested size shipping box for return service is 13.25" (L) x 11.5"(W) x 2.38" (H) or larger.
  • For flags of larger size (4x6, 5x7, etc.) please provide larger return shipping box(s).