Fly The Flag of the United States
Make a patriotic statement, install a residential flag pole, and fly your countryâ€™s colors.
I am a citizen of the United States of America. I am proud of my country, and my heart swells with pride whenever I see the ‘American Stars and Stripes’ proudly displayed on a residential flag pole (flagpole). I also notice and I eagerly patronize businesses that exhibit their patriotism by displaying the ‘Stars and Stripes.’
As you begin to think about installing a residential flag pole, take into consideration the many different kinds that are available. One that you might want to consider is the large in ground style, which comes in many different heights. Then, there are those that you can simply attach to your home, and there are even ones to use when you are using your mobile home. To help you decide which flagpole would work best for you, let’s talk more about each style.Credit: http://www.freefoto.com/images/11/47/11_47_69_prev.jpg
Residential Flag Pole - In Ground Placement
You can purchase an in ground residential flag pole that either comes in sections to be attached or in a telescoping style. They are available in aluminum, stainless steel, or fiberglass. If you live near salt water, you might want to choose fiberglass or stainless steel. Typically, heights are available anywhere from 5 feet to 80 feet. All of these will need to be set in a fixed installation using concrete. When shopping for an in ground flagpole, take into consideration wind and what height can be safely installed; be sure to look out for overhead wires. Another issue many people must consider is whether the neighborhood they live in will allow an in ground flag pole. Many neighborhoods do have restrictions, so be sure to check to see if it is allowed in your neighborhood. Now, you are ready to go online, and look for the residential flag pole that will meet your criteria.
Residential Flag Pole - House Mount
A house mounted residential flag pole is the easiest to install. Simply install the bracket onto a flat surface, usually with screws, and you are ready to hang ‘Old Glory.’ This type of residential flag pole is inexpensive to buy, and it can be found made from aluminum or wood. I have never heard of a neighborhood banning this type of flagpole, but if your community is tightly restricted, it would be a good idea to check before purchasing and installing.
Residential Flag Pole - For Your Motor Home or For Tailgating
Just because your home is now a motor home, don’t despair - you can still fly the ‘Stars and Stripes.’ Purchase a telescoping residential flag pole, a stand that is held in place by your vehicle’s tire, and you are all set. Another way to anchor the telescoping pipe is with a hitch mount style that attaches to your vehicle’s trailer hitch. Or, there are kits available that will allow you to attach it to the ladder of your motor home.
Tailgaters, check out the telescoping residential flag pole, the vehicle’s tire stand, or the hitch mount, and you are all set to show your country’s ‘Stars and Bars.’ And if room allows, below ‘Old Glory,’ you can display the banner of your favorite NASCAR driver or your home team’s banner.
Residential Flag Pole - Lights
Please don’t overlook lights for your residential flag pole. If you intend to fly the beautiful ‘Red White and Blue,’ at night, then there needs to be some type of light directed on it. There are many styles to choose from, and there are two types – solar and electric. So, consider illumination when deciding where to place your flag pole.
Now that you have decided on the type of flagpole to purchase and install, show the pride you have in your country, and fly the Flag of the United States. Based on the updated April 14, 2008 report, “The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions,” written by the, “Congressional Research Service: Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress,” “Time and Occasions for Display,” are as follows:
“January 1 - New Year’s Day
January 20 - Inauguration Day
January - Third Monday - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
February 12 - Lincoln’s Birthday
February - Third Monday - Washington’s Birthday
Variable - Easter Sunday
May - Second Sunday - Mother’s Day
May - Third Saturday - Armed Forces Day
May - Last Monday - Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
June 14 - Flag Day
July 4 - Independence Day
September - First Monday - Labor Day
September 17 - Constitution Day
October - Second Monday - Columbus Day
October 27 - Navy Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
November - Fourth Thursday - Thanksgiving Day
December 25 - Christmas Day”
“…and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays.”
In addition to the dates listed above, the following websites list other days to fly Old Glory, which are not included in the US Flag Code:
The American Legion observes, “National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27.”
And the USHistory.org, on the Betsy Ross Homepage, lists, “Father's Day, third Sunday in June and National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27” as days to fly Old Glory. In addition to these dates, they list the following days for half-staff presentation:
“May 15 - Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff from sunrise to sunset)
September 11 - Patriot Day (half-staff from sunrise to sunset)
October - First Sunday - Start of Fire Prevention Week (half-staff from sunrise to sunset)
December 7 -National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff from sunrise to sunset)”
Let’s not forget this very important Pledge:
“The Pledge of Allegiance
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Other USA related articles that you might find interesting are:
Buy Made in the USA
The First Ladies of The United States: Part 1
What is the Electoral College?
The Eight Presidents From Virginia – Their Birthplace – Part 1: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
The Eight Presidents From Virginia – Their Birthplace – Part 2: James Madison, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison
The Eight Presidents From Virginia – Their Birthplace – Part 3: John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson
Installing a residential flag pole and flying ‘Old Glory’ is a very patriotic statement to make and one you will be glad you have made. If you have children, teach them about the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ and discuss with them why each of the above days are important in our country’s history. A residential flag pole makes a great gift; something that will be enjoyed everyday for years to come.