May 22 2015
The American flag has stood as the symbol of freedom for more than 200 years. It is the most recognizable flag in the world, signifying the power and glory of democracy of this great nation. The American flag is rich with history and a source of pride for all Americans.
In my opinion, every household in America should be proud to display “Old Glory“, every day not just on Memorial Day or on the 4th of July. However , outward display of American pride and patriotism comes with responsibility. Too often people will display the flag incorrectly or somehow allow it to become neglected and unserviceable. The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the national flag of the United States of America.
– The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
-The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.
– 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 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 have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it. The flag should never be used 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.
While boating and fishing on our beautiful lake , I’ve noticed several American flags that have become unserviceable, some reduced to tatters of its formal glory. I’ve no doubt this is not the intent of the homeowners but somehow the flag has become forgotten or hasn’t been replaced in a timely manner.
If you or someone you know is displaying an unserviceable American flag, please take it down or ask them to do so and properly dispose of it. If I can assist you with that please email me at email@example.com, I will come pick up the flag and will dispose it in a dignified manner.
John Schutte, lake stakeholder and veteran