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The American Flag at Sunset

Updated on March 18, 2014

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On the American Flag

Let me just start out by saying.. there is no law that says you cannot leave a flag out after dark, but there used to be. I also want to say that I don't and never have put a flag out. I AM however married to a gorgeous soldier who fought for YOUR rights for YOUR right to hang one.

Are you patriotic? I live in a very patriotic neighborhood. 1 out of 10 houses hangs an American flag on a pole in their front yard right by their garage door. You can look down the street and see a vision of red white and blue. Neighbors also put small American flags on their lawns. little tiny ones, maybe 4"x6" that are attached to wooden sticks that people punched into the ground. the dirt. I've seen a few who have them on the side of their car as well that wave in the wind as they drive by. I usually walk my dog early in the morning, just before dawn and again in the evening, as the sky begins to turn dark. I pass by those same houses, flags still in front of their garages and on sticks set into the ground. Sometimes I notice that a few tiny flags on sticks have lost their stance. Maybe they weren't stuck in deep enough, who knows, but the flags that nearly touched the ground anyway, are on the ground. flat. When I see that I pick them up and push the sticks back into the soil, a politer word "soil", but I see as putting them back into the dirt, as it offends me. What do you think of that? What do you think of the American flag left out past dark or sitting an inch or so from the ground? I confess that I wonder about people who have flags attached to their car, fabric waving and you know, there is no way to miss that. I wonder. do they take those flags off their cars at night or do they remain on their cars in their driveway from dusk till dawn? Soo in my opinion, the sun should never fall on the American flag without a light shining on it. That is just me though. It's true, and that is what this lens is about. This lens is about respect. ~~* ~~

TURN ON the MUSIC UTube below as you enjoy my lens

TURN ON THE MUSIC ~RIP Whitney Houston.. thank you.

Whitney Houston singing for the Super Bowl.. RIP dear Whitney

Ohh dear Whitney thank you and RIP dear Whitney.

Flag Etiiquette ~ The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.

The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset. In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.

NOTE: The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.

The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather. After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land ,and "half mast" on a ship. When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house). The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it. The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left. Never let your flag touch the ground, never. period. Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box. When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash. The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are: The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal. The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top. The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations. The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind. The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything. When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously. The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish

When MY soldier returned....

When the Vietnam Vet returned to the US it was not like today, where people honor soldiers for doing what they were told to do. Back them we had a draft and young men had NO CHOICE, they went to Vietnam or to Canada or to jail. No matter your opinion of any war, HONOR the soldiers return.

When MY soldier, my Denny, came back from Vietnam, weighing 135 pounds and sick, his normal weight on his 6'2" frame 220 and solid muscle but glad to be home. When he got off the plane people were picketing against the war and sadly blamed the soldiers. Denny mentioned that to me the other day, that when he got off the plane he was shocked as he was screamed at and people spit and threw things. He wanted to tell them that he too did not believe in the war in Vietnam but of course there were no listening ears.

My husband Dennis (Denny) and I are both anti war.. but we support the troops as they do what they are told to do.


A Different Era~ Different Attitude

Don't Let the Sun Go Down...

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    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      4 years ago

      Beautiful lens. =)

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      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      Great patriotic lens with some real good info and tips on proper flag etiquette. A lot of people do not know the proper flag etiquette and when they are mis-using or abusing the flag I get really upset. I think a lot of the younger generations needs to read this lens. I appreciate you writing and sharing this lens kathysart. I also appreciate you sharing the Whitney Houston's modules as well. When I saw her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I could not help but be moved. She will definitely be missed! Thank You for stopping by a couple of my lenses and giving each of them a "thumbs up". I really appreciate it. Have Yourself, & Denny, a Great Day!

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      5 years ago

      That intro picture is inspiring right from the start, I love sunsets and and to see it with the American Flag is just beautiful. :)

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      E L Seaton 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      This former sailor salutes Denny's service. For some strange reason, people don't seem to believe that a order obeying military has prevented the disappearance of many a country, or this country. I guess we'd have to live across the border from North Korea to make it tangible. COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      6 years ago

      great lens

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      6 years ago

      great lens

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens. I also have a site that sells US Flags, but frankly it is not as nice as yours.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      i forgot to inform you that i blessed this patriotic lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      kathy, this lens brightened my day. outside is cold, drab and wet. it is true about the flag being taken down before sunset or being illuminated at night. as kids, we made mistakes by tying the flag on the wrong end and our teachers flipped-out. thank you for sharing this wonderful lens.


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