One option the U.S. Flag Code provides for is flying the American flag 24/7, if properly illuminated. There are many reasons you might consider this option, but I have one compelling reason not to fly your flag 24 hours a day.
10 Reasons for Flying the U.S. flag 24/7
- show of patriotism
- constant flying reminder
- physical limitations
- age limitations
- working hours
- sleeping hours
- to outshine the neighbors
Some of these reasons aren’t pleasant, but we all know people that fit into these categories. In the area where Deborah and I live, many of the residents are retired and have physical or age limitations, but they still want to fly the U.S. flag every day. I would never want to take that away from them, so their best option is a lighted flag.
1 Compelling Reason Not to Fly 24/7
It is a twice-a-day reminder.
I put my flag out in the morning and retrieve it in the evening. It’s not always sunrise or sunset because of different circumstances, but one thing is sure. Every time I put my hand to the flag pole, I think about the American flag, the American people, the American soldiers, the American dream, the American society, the American way of life, and the American pride I have in this country.
That happens every time I hoist or lower my flag. If I put a light on it and flew the flag 24/7, I would miss out on those great reminders of this great place to live.
What about you?
Do you fly your flag 24 hour/day? If so, share with us your reasons.
Do you touch the flag twice each day? Do you feel the same things I do?
Please share your experiences with us.