With reports of our troops being pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year, American Flags will be flown at more homes and businesses. Since our countries conception, “Old Glory” has been a sign of honor and devastating loss.
For proud Americans, our flag represents freedom, bravery and standing up for what’s right. For our military families seeing it draped over a loved one’s coffin represents the mixture of pride and extreme sadness.
For every single United Stated citizen, it should stand as a symbol of the strength of our nation. Our country still stands united after everything we have faced. How sad is it though that the Wall Street protesters have the need to disrespect our flag. Defecating on the flag, using it as a chew toy and trampling it are NEVER going to make your point. By doing those things, all you are doing is solidifying the negative opinion others have of you.
Video shows Wall Street protesters using U.S. flag as dog chew toy
It’s for all of these reasons that the United States flag must be flown from its rightful place of honor. It also needs to be displayed in the right manner.
Here are a few basic instructions for flying the American Flag:
- Raise the flag quickly. Lower it slowly and ceremonially.
- When the flag is lowered, it should not be allowed to touch the ground or any other objects. Lower it into the waiting arms and hands then fold it properly.
- The flag should be saluted as it is raised and lowered.
- If displaying the flag at night, it needs to be illuminated.
- If flying the flag and other flags, i.e. a state flag, on the same pole, the American flag is always on top.
- If flying the flag and other flags, i.e. a state flag, on separate poles, and the poles are all the same height and in a straight line, then the American flag is always on the place of honor at the right.
- If flying the flag with two other flags, i.e. a state flag and a local flag, with the center pole the highest, then the American flag must be on the center pole.
- When flying the flag with other flags, they may be the same size or smaller but never bigger than the American flag.
- No flag may be flown above the American flag.
- The American flag is always the first one raised and the last one lowered.
- Flying the flag at half staff: First raise the flag all the way to the peak for a moment, and then lower it to half staff. Before lowering it, raise it again to the peak for a moment then lower it completely.
- On Memorial Day, the American flag is flown at half staff until noon, and then flown at full staff until sunset.
The American flag is not a Republican not a Democrat flag. It is the flag of this great nation. Regardless of the political climate, disrespecting the American flag is never the way to handle the situation. Doing so just shows your ignorance.
Respect our country and respect our military that gave you the right to disagree with the government. They sacrifice for your rights; the least you can do is be respectful towards them and every symbol that represents them.
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