Flying an American Flag With Respect When you have an American flag in your yard, it is important that you know how you are going to show respect for the flag. There are a lot of people that struggle understanding how they are going to follow all of the rules that have been developed in our culture to respect the flag.
Flying a Flag at Night First, start by purchasing a flag light. Whenever you have your flag flying at night, you should be sure that the flag is well lit so you are able to see the flag and if you do not have a flag light you will want to take the flag down every day at dusk. When you are looking for a flag light, you should know what you have room for in your yard and how you are going to install it properly. Some people prefer to have a flag light that is on a timer, while other people prefer to have a flag light that they can turn on and off. While you are looking through your options for a flag light, do not be afraid to talk with friends and family that also have flags in their yard. You want to make sure that you have a flag light that is going to provide you with the light that is most convenient for you.
Taking the Flag Down when Needed When you have a light for your flag, you will then want to make sure that you are there to take your flag down if any inclement weather should arise. As you are looking through the weather forecast, you will want to take note of the days you should take your flag down. You have to make sure that it is going to be protected from the elements and held in a position of respect. If you are flying the flag upside down, you will be signaling distress and if you do not intend to signal distress you should not be flying the flag in this manner. When you are taking the flag down and when you are putting it back up, you want to make sure that you do not let the flag touch the ground. There are many people that struggle with this because they take the flag down or put the flag up on their own. Even if you are doing the flag on your own, you should be prepared to not let the flag touch the ground. Make sure that as you lower it, it is received by waiting arms and hands rather than touching the ground and being picked back up. When you store the flag inside it should be folded properly and put in a respectful place. Flying a flag that is dirty or needs to be mended is also a sign of disrespect and you should take time to wash the flag and fix any rips or tears in the flag as soon as they occur.
Flying a flag in your yard can be a lot of work if you want to do it respectfully. But, flying it respectfully will be well worth your time.