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Friday, September 21, 2012

There's a right way to display

Flag customs and courtesies are simple. For example, when the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.

If there are others present

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right.

..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.

..No other flag ever should be placed above it.

..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

On the dais

On a speakers’ platform the flag must be above and behind the speaker, and if on a staff it is to the speaker’s right.

If you leave it out all night

The federal code says the universal custom is to display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, but when a patriotic effect is desired the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness

Also, the U.S. flag should not be displayed when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

I wonder why

I wonder why some, or at least one, of the candidates won't understand how to fly a flag. For some of us, the flag is a symbol of great importance and allegiance. Perhaps some candidates don't share our devotion, but common sense would suggest that they not show disrespect to a flag if they choose to use it in their campaign. Those of us who care take note, and hear an implied message, whether it's intended or not.

I wonder why they do that.

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