President's Corner

By Dave Graveline, The Moors Master Association President

Learn about proper flag etiquette and proudly showcase the American flag in time for this 4th of July. Discover guidelines for respectful flag display and show your patriotic spirit.

I’ve been very proud of the number of our Moors residents that have added the American Flag to the front of their homes!

The 4th of July is a time of celebration, a time to come together as a community and honor the freedom and independence that the United States of America represents. As we prepare to commemorate this special day—even getting back to our annual Fireworks Show at The Moors Club Center—it is essential to understand and adhere to proper flag etiquette when proudly displaying our beloved American flag. Please keep in mind that The Moors governing documents allow only the American Flag to be displayed.

American Flag etiquette

Respecting and honoring the flag goes beyond simply raising it. It involves following guidelines to ensure it is displayed in a dignified and respectful manner. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

Flying the flag: The American flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. It should be flown from sunrise to sunset, but if displayed at night, it should be properly illuminated.

Handling with care: The flag should never touch the ground or be used as clothing, drapery, a superhero cape or any form of decoration. When not in use, it should be neatly folded and stored properly.

Respectful decorum: During the raising or lowering of the flag or when the national anthem is played, it is customary to stand facing the flag, placing your hand over your heart as a gesture of respect.

Special days: On Memorial Day and the 4th of July, the flag can be flown at half-staff until noon as a mark of respect for our fallen soldiers. After noon, it should be raised to full staff to symbolize the nation’s resilience. This assumes that it’s not just on a small pole, hanging on your house, as that would be difficult to lower to half-staff.

Remember, proudly displaying the American flag is not limited to specific holidays. It is an expression of patriotism and respect for our country every day. I fly mine all day, every day and have one of my driveway lights aimed at it at night! By following proper flag etiquette, we can show our reverence for the values and ideals that our flag represents.

Especially as we approach the 4th of July, let us honor the sacrifices of those who have fought for our freedom by proudly displaying our American flag with dignity and pride. Let it serve as a symbol of unity and gratitude for the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Remember, proudly displaying the American flag is not limited to specific holidays. It is an expression of patriotism and respect for our country every day.

Proudly displaying the American flag isn’t just for the 4th of July—it’s something we can do all year round to show our love for our country. By following these above flag etiquette rules, we can be super-proud patriots every day! If you have an old, tattered American flag, let me know. You can leave it at The Moors Office to my attention and we will dispose of it properly in an appropriate, required burning ceremony.

So, let’s get ready to celebrate! Wave those flags, show your patriotic spirit, and let the whole world know that we are proud to be Americans. From all of our Moors Boards and Staff, Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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