Let Those Colors Fly!
Americans love the 4th of July. We are, for the most part, a deeply patriotic nation. Most hearts soar at the sight of “Old Glory”, or “the Stars and Stripes” as it has been affectionately called, waving high and proud. Every American choosing to display the flag should learn proper flag etiquette as described in the United States Flag Code. Yes, there is really a flag code.
Many homes fly the flag from a front porch or a pole in the yard. It isn’t long before the fly end is tattered and torn and the colors are faded. The flag can and should be repaired and cleaned.
If the flag is flown at night it must be spot-lighted. A nearby streetlight or property light will do the job, but the flag should be clearly visible.
The flag should not be left out during inclement weather.
The flag will wear out, even if well cared for, but the American flag is not to be taken down and thrown in the trash. People should locate a civic organization that will dispose of the flag with dignity.
The flag should never touch the ground or floor. It should be transported to the display area with dignity.
The American flag should never be used as decoration, like as a tablecloth, or wrapped around a statue or draped over a chair. If patriotic decoration is desired bunting should be used.
The excitement generated by watching citizens pour out their feelings for America is heartwarming. The desire is that the zeal for showing one’s pride be exceeded by the respect given to that banner that represents so much. When we gaze on the stars and stripes we, as a nation, agree that it represents generations of people who have fought and died so that we have the freedom to enjoy our lives. By all means, fly the flag. Display it with honor. Bring it to all gatherings, public and private, but please treat the flag with the respect it is due.