My dear readers….today is Flag Day, ….yes, on June 14th 1777, a Presidential Proclamation was made….
From the Presidential Proclamation:
With hands over hearts, Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs have long saluted Old Glory and honored its legacy. Our flag persists as a powerful representation of freedom and opportunity. Waving high above capitol buildings and courthouses, military bases and embassies across the globe, and on the distant surface of the moon, it calls on each of us to remember our obligations to the Republic for which it stands and to carry forward the unwavering optimism that defines us.
America endures because of the courage of servicemen and women who serve under this standard, and our veterans are forever draped in the red, white, and blue when they are laid to rest. Wherever the flag lies or flies, its message is clear: We rise and fall together, as one Nation and one people.
The American flag invokes pride in our citizens and hope in those who come to our shores in search of a brighter tomorrow. In recognition of the ways it has embodied our ideals and sustained our Nation, let us pay tribute to the Star Spangled Banner and continue striving to create a more perfect and indivisible Union — with liberty and justice for all.
It is very sad that our beautiful flag is having to fly at half mast all over our nation because of the horrible tragedy in Orlando, Florida. …but Old Glory is still flying and that is the best medicine for our nation.
I admit that I am very patriotic….and celebrate with good food, family and friends.
Of course, one does not need an excuse to do that.
I love our flag and when I see her waving at sporting events as the Star Spangled Banner is sung or God Bless America…my eyes become misty.
I am proud to say that I come from a family of service men and they all wore their uniforms proudly.
Americans are encouraged to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag.
The Captain and I never miss an opportunity to fly our flag…in fact we have one flag that remains up all year long…and yes, it is lighted at night.
Below are Flag Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts:
- Display the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open. When a patriotic effect is desired the flag may ‘be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
- When placed on a single staff or lanyard, place the U.S. Flag above all other flags.
- Don’t dip the U.S. Flag for any person, flag, or vessel.
- Don’t let the flag touch the ground.
- Don’t fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency.
- Don’t carry the flag flat, or carry things in it.
- Don’t use the flag as clothing.
- Don’t store the flag where it can get dirty.
- Don’t use it as a cover.
- Don’t fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free.
- Don’t draw on, or otherwise mark the flag.
- And finally, dispose of a worn flag by burning, or better yet, take the flag to your local VFW who will dispose of it for you.
God Bless America!
And God Bless all of you!