It gives me great pride to see our American flag being flown at places of business, peoples’ homes, at the entrances to farms and ranches, along the roads in the country and in the streets of our cities and small towns.
What disturbs me is to see the same flag flown for months at a time, day and night, and torn, tattered and faded, losing all respect that it once stood for. Just by putting up the flag and leaving it there lessens the importance of it and thereby projects a negative effect as to why it was displayed to begin with.
The official guidance to the proper display of the US Flag can be found www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf.
Some of the highlights of the document are:
• It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
• The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
• The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1; Inauguration Day, Jan. 20; Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the third Monday in January; Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12; Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February; Easter Sunday (variable); Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May; Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May; Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May; Flag Day, June 14; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Constitution Day, Sept. 17; Columbus Day, second Monday in October; Navy Day, Oct. 27; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November; Christmas Day, Dec. 25; and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of states (date of admission); state holidays.
Our home chooses to fly the U.S. flag at our gate entrance only on specific holidays.