I’m a patriotic person, I think, in my heart. I love my country and I believe in the ideals on which it was founded. I have traveled the entire width of this nation from ocean to ocean three times in a vehicle and once on a bicycle, so I’ve seen a lot of it and it’s all beautiful. I have an American flag key fob on my purse. My wardrobe is almost entirely red, white and blue (with some gray, black, khaki and purple here and there). Patriotic songs always put a lump in my throat.
But until this year, I have never flown or displayed an American flag on my house. Not sure why that is. This is my fifth summer in my own home, so I can’t use the excuse that I’m a renter. I just never got around to getting myself one, until now.
It’s a modest little standard, undoubtedly manufactured in China (soooo ironic), but seeing it waving in the breeze outside my front window makes me happy.
I did some research on when the flag should be displayed, and was surprised to find there are 21 designated days:
- New Year’s Day, January 1
- Inauguration Day, January 20
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January
- Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
- Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
- Easter Sunday (variable)
- Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
- Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15 (half-staff all day)
- Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
- Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
- Flag Day, June 14
- Independence Day, July 4
- Labor Day, first Monday in September
- Patriot Day, September 11 (half-staff all day)
- Constitution Day, September 17
- Columbus Day, second Monday in October
- Navy Day, October 27
- Veterans Day, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7 (half-staff all day)
- Christmas Day, December 25
- and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays.
I shall have to print out this list and keep it somewhere handy so that I remember to make proper use of my new banner.
Happy Independence Day, everyone.