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Flying the U.S. flag at night

Night flying U.S. flagI’ve noticed a lot of flags flying 24/7 without proper illumination, and others with lights, but not what I would call proper.

Section 6(a) It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

So what is proper illumination? Proper is defined as, “appropriate for a condition or occasion” and the first definition for illumination at Encarta is, “to make something visible or bright, or the fact of being lit up.”

To me, this means if you are going to properly fly the American flag at night, it should be highly visible or bright. Not cast in shadows with spot lights made for a bathroom.

I applaud all who fly their flags, but if flown at night, light it up!

photo courtesy Flickr

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