Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Flag Day

Flag Day, June 14, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation.....one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride.

Flag Day has always been a very special day for me. Old Glory has displayed in her Red, White and Blue colors for me in war and in peace. I once made a documentary motion picture film of our Stars and Stripes while serving in the United States Marine Corps. I fly the American flag from the top of my 25-foot flagpole day and night which located in my front yard. The US Marine Corps flag is displayed under Old Glory. They are lighted during the dark hours. My dear beloved mother died, age 90, on Flag Day 1987.

You can purchase an American flag that was flown over the capital building in Washington, D.C., by requesting it through your US Congreessman. For those who live in the Pensacola, Fla. area, you can purchase a flagpole and have it installed on your property by contacting Larry Hayes docksidedr@cox.com
Properly Display Our Flag
There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:
*The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
*In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
*The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
*The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
*After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land ,and "half mast" on a ship.
*When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
*The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
*The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
*Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
*Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
*When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
God bless America and God bless our American flag