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Where Is Your Flag?

Why did you put your flag back in storage today?

Here's something for everyone to chew on.  The Memorial Day weekend is over.  The bbq's and picnics are done, the kids are back in school and everyone is back to work or your normal schedule.  My questions are, how many of you put your flag back in storage?  And, why?  There is no law saying you can only display your American Flag on official holidays.  If you're proud enough to display it on a holiday, why not display it every day? 

The norm seems to be that flags sprout up on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July and Veterans Day, then go back to whatever cubbyhole they're stored in.

Who remembers the days following 9/11 and the plethora of flags on every block in the neighborhood and every main street in town?  Does it really have to take a tragedy of epic proportions to unite us in our pride in our country?

My point is that if you have a flag, why not use it, every day.  If you care enough to display it on the official holidays, think about my questions.

I will close on one final note for those who do display a flag.  First, thank you for flying our flag every day.  But.......you knew this was coming....as I am a stickler for flag protocol, I tend to notice flags when I'm out.  What I find all to often is someone with a flag for their favorite team below their American Flag.  I'm sure that most don't know that this goes against flag protocol.  Other than an officially recognized flag, such as a flag for a military service branch or a POW flag, team flags, school flags, business flags, etc, should never be flown below an American flag. They should be displayed on a separate pole of their own.  You obviously love your country enough to fly your flag every day, so show Old Glory the proper respect.  If you really love your favorite team so much, you can still fly their flag on another pole.  I know "real" flag poles are not cheap.  We use ours for our American flag and the typical house/deck/porch mounted bracket to display our team flags.  If you don't already have a bracket and pole, they're cheap enough at about any local retailer in town.

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Mrs CHRISTINE S STONE June 02, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I would like to add a couple of flag etiquette items. Please do not fly your flag until it becomes tattered and torn by the wind. Dispose of it properly by bringing it to the American Legion for proper disposal. If you want to honor the flag, don't let it touch the ground. Also, if it is left up all night, it should have a light on it. Fly Old Glory proudly, folks! She has done us proud, now let's return the favor! Don't hide her away in the closet!
Summer June 07, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Hi Deb... I have continuted a 60 year tradition that was started by my Dad, a Navy Veteran. The day we moved into Parkside in 1952, he created a pole of galvanized pipe, (back then there were no kits like today) did the rigging for the flag, cemented it in the front yard of our home and made lighting. After my Dad passed away in 1966, my Mom continued to fly the flag with pride. Before she passed away, she gave me a 24 ft kit so that I could carry on my Dad's love & pride for this country of ours. I fly my flag every day (just recently had to replace) and while getting my flag, I found a neat solar attachment to your pole so that it is lite all night. I already have 2 spots on my flag, but also installed this solar light also! I am a PROUD AMERICAN! Fly your flag every day! It is not just meant for holidays!
Deb Melchert June 07, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thank you Summer.
The Guru June 07, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Also, Please buy an American flag made in America.
Deb Melchert June 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Guru, we can help veterans by buying an American made flag AND save money at the same time. The American Legion store, called Legion Flag & Emblem, sells only American made flags. All proceeds go to their veteran related programs. And even better, they have the best prices around. You can compare them to Folger, WGN, Gettysburg or any other major flag company, and they are the least expensive. An added bonus is that if you or a family member or friend belong to an American Legion Post, you can designate that Post to receive a portion of the proceeds. It's a win/win for everyone involved. You can order from their web site @ http://emblem.legion.org/...................and no, you do not need to be a Legion member to order from them.

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