On Monday, we remembered and mourned those lost on 9/11/2001. Many people proudly displayed their flags in honor of those lost in the attacks and to observe Patriot Day.
We see flags proudly flying on the 4th of July, Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day and it got me wondering why people do not fly flags every day? After all, we have active servicemen and women deployed around the world. While we enjoy the freedoms we have here in America and go about our daily lives, our military is protecting us and fighting for us each and every day. Should we not fly the flag every day to honor them? I think we should.
If you are going to hang a flag at your home, make sure you follow the proper protocols. According to http://www.vfw.org:
Per Federal Flag Code, Section 2, paragraph (a), it is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
There are many other protocols to follow such as never letting the flag touch the ground and those can be found at the website mentioned above.
Each time I hang the flag in the morning and bring it in at night, I take a moment to look at it. I marvel in the red, white and blue and think of all those who wear the flag on a patch on their arm going into battle for you and me and how Old Glory is used to blanket the coffins of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for his/her countrymen. I say a quick prayer asking God to protect the brave men and women in our military and thank Him for putting such selfless and courageous people on earth. Without them, our lives would be totally different.
A few years ago, a campaign was started called “Green Light a Vet” to honor veterans. Green is a symbol of hope, renewal, well-being and moving forward. Many veterans returning from service are struggling in many different ways. Shining a green light is a simple way to show our local veterans that we support and appreciate their service. It took quite a few trips to the store to finally find a green light to participate in this initiative, but it makes us feel good that if a veteran walks, jogs or drives past our house, they know they are not forgotten. We never turn it off.
Flying the flag. To me, it is like eating, drinking breathing and praying. It is something I proudly do every day and hope more will too.
(John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.)