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For those in the military, flying the American flag is a source of pride. Every soldier learns how to fly the flag appropriately, its meaning and the way to properly care for it.


Civilians may sometimes wonder about the purpose of flying the flag. Some may be unaware of the importance of displaying it properly and even why it is flown at half-mast on occasion.


For veteran homeowners, the joy of having their very own spot to fly the American flag is one of the best parts of owning their own home.


HOW TO FLY A FLAG IN A FEW EASY STEPS


There is a U.S. Flag Code used to properly fly the red, white and blue.


The first thing to know is the flag must always be visible.

Throughout history, the flag was only displayed from sunrise to sunset.


These days a flag can stay out 24/7 but must be illuminated during the dark hours.


Only fly the flag during suitable weather. Keeping it outside during rain, storms, snow and ice is highly discouraged.


Veterans often will go out and remove their flags from the poles at their homes to protect them from inclement weather.


Today there are all-weather flags. But subjecting a flag to age it sooner than necessary is considered disrespectful.


Whenever more than one flag is being displayed, you will notice they are displayed on separate staffs. Most flags are of equal size and staffs are the same height.


But the U. S. flag is always at the peak when being displayed with flags from other states or localities.


It is followed by a POW/MIA flag, flags of other nations, state flags and others. Always hoist the U. S. flag first and lower it last whenever there is a group.


WHY FLY AT HALF MAST


Tragic losses, solemn occasions, disasters, mourning or tragic events of today and the past are some of the reasons why the flag is flown at half-mast.


The flag is flown half-way up the pole as a sign of respect. Most government buildings fly at half-mast if a member of the government dies or a national tragedy occurs.


Memorial Day until noon, Pearl Harbor Day and Patriot Day are a few remembrance days to fly at half-mast.


WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO TO A FLAG


✔️ NEVER handle a flag dishonorably.

✔️ NEVER dip it for anyone or anything. Never display it with the union down or let it touch the ground or water. The only time the union should be down is during a time of distress. ✔️ Do NOT allow it to become damaged or soiled. Most importantly, do not ever desecrate the flag by damaging it on purpose.


FLY AN AMERICAN FLAG ON YOUR OWN HOME


For those veterans who dream of displaying their flag on their own property, VA loans are affordable to most veterans today.


No down payment is required. This makes buying a home much easier for the average person.


The loan is guaranteed by the government, and no mortgage insurance is required, which is quite a savings.


If you are a veteran and want to learn more about owning your own home using the VA loan benefit, we can help.


Mortgage Originator Jimmy Vercellino, specializing in VA loans, helps veterans use their VA loan benefit to their greatest advantage.


Be a proud homeowner today. For more details call 480-351-5904 or visit the site www.valoansforvets.com


VA Loans for Vets 7600 E. Doubletree Ranch Road #200 Scottsdale, AZ 85258 Phone: (480) 351-5904 Email: jimmyv@fcbmtg.com


Flying the American Flag  

Jimmy Vercellino, VA Loan Specialist helps veterans obtain the loans they are entitled to. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and...

Flying the American Flag  

Jimmy Vercellino, VA Loan Specialist helps veterans obtain the loans they are entitled to. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and...

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