Do you know how to properly display the American flag on Memorial Day?
With Memorial Day not far away, it is never too early to start preparing of it.
The following procedure is for a standing flagpole:
In the morning when the flag is posted it should be raised properly to half-mast (staff). Proper raising of the flag is to take the flag to the top of the pole and then slowly and with honor, lower the flag to half-mast.
Then at the Noon hour the flag should be slowly lowered and then briskly with pride and honor, raised to the top of the flagpole. It should remain at this position for the rest of the day.
Why half mast and then full mast?
The first part of the day while the flag is at half-mast is in remembrance for those that have given their life for our country. The rest of the day when the flag is at full mast is in remembrance and in honor for those that are serving or have served our country.
I hope all will fly the American Flag with pride on Memorial Day!
On a side note:
If your flag is in faded, torn or tattered do not fly it! Go and purchase a new flag and then call a local Boy Scouts of America district office or contact a local BSA Troop and ask them if you can bring your flag to them so that it can be honorably retired and disposed of. If you have never seen a USA flag properly retired it is a very moving experience that all should witness.
Scott Patterson has been a professional home inspector since 1995 and works out of the Greater Nashville TN area. You can contact him at his office 615-302-1113 or on his cell at 615-870-4162 via text or voice.