(d) The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on New Year’s Day, January 1; Inauguration Day, January 20; Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January; Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12; Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February; Easter Sunday (variable); Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May; Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May; Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May; Flag Day, June 14; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Constitution Day, September 17; Columbus Day, second Monday in October; Navy Day, October 27; Veterans Day, November 11; Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November; Christmas Day, December 25; 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.
Wow! Did you read that first sentence closely? The flag SHOULD be displayed on ALL DAYS …
As someone who tries to fly the American and Texas flag every day, let me tell you how hard it is. Now certainly Section 6(c) lets us off the hook for bad weather, but what about those other days when it just doesn’t fit into the plan?
Is it the DUTY if all citizens to fly the American flag every day? NO, that’s not what is says, but the carefully chosen words surely encourage us to put forth the effort.
Today is the perfect example of the dilemma. I woke up to extremely heavy rain due to tropical storm Erin, who made landfall on the Texas coast yesterday morning, and is still flinging rain bands across the state. The weathermen say we can expect continued heavy rains for another day or two, but that’s not what my weather rock tells me.
Early, the weather rock was wet and dark, but for the last few hours, it is warm and dry. The clouds have parted, and sunshine is shining … but the weathermen are still saying …
The National Weather Service even says there is certainty in heavy rains later this afternoon.
Who am I going to believe? My weather rock or the weatherman? I think I’ll hold off putting the flags out for a spell … just to see what the weather rock says after lunch. At least it’s local.