Memorial Day 2011 – Please fly your flag to honor our fallen heroes


Flags at DFW National Cemetery - IMGP4169 photo by Ed Darrell

U.S. flags wave at DFW National Cemetery, May 30, 2010. Photo by Ed Darrell

Our local Rotary Club provides a U.S. flag planted in your yard for flag-flying events from Memorial Day through Labor Day, for an annual subscription of about $15.00. Local groups, including especially Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, take a route and plant the flags.

As a consequence, our town is loaded with flags on a weekend like this one.

But even if you don’t subscribe to a flag service, please remember to fly your flag today.

Memorial Day honors people who died in defense of the nation. Armed Forces Day honors those who serve currently, celebrated the third Saturday in May. Veterans Day honors the veterans who returned.

On Memorial Day itself, flags on poles or masts should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon. At noon, flags should be raised to full-staff position.

When posting a flag at half-staff, the flag should be raised to the full-staff position first, with vigor, then slowly lowered to half-staff; when retiring a flag posted at half-staff, it should be raised to the full staff position first, with vigor, and then be slowly lowered. Some people attach black streamers to stationary flags, though this is not officially recognized by the U.S. Flag Code.

On Memorial Day, 3:00 p.m. local time is designated as the National Moment of Remembrance.

Memorial Day traditionally came on May 30, but now comes on the last Monday in May.  In 2011 the last Monday happens to be May 30, a nice blend of tradition and formal law.

US flag on home in NC Outer Banks

Flag flies at a home in North Carolina's Outer Banks

 

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5 Responses to Memorial Day 2011 – Please fly your flag to honor our fallen heroes

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Flatlander,

    I agree that it seems a little commercial to hire out raising the flag. As a purveyor of flag etiquette, it bugs me to see the flags up at night, unlighted.

    But:

    1. The Rotary Club is making no money from it (they pass it all to the groups who put out the flags — all of it).

    2. Scouts who put the flags out get a much deeper respect for the flag and the sentiments of those who honor the flag. It’s not something anyone really thought about, but it’s impressive to see kids who are otherwise sort of jerks, get to the point of respect they’ll untangle flags they find tangled as they walk down the street, and remind other kids to take off their caps and salute the flag. Bonus effect.

    3. Veterans find it cheering to see a street lined with flags on Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. In Duncanville, Texas, some businesses buy five or six slots, so there will be a grand display. Donors contributed about 50 flag displays for the city, so City Hall is lined with the things. I don’t mind that, especially when veterans claim they’ve not seen anything like it.

    4. At a minimum, having a flag posted beats not displaying a flag at all.

    Somewhat ironically, many people who subscribe to this service fly another flag anyway. Several people fly the U.S. flag every day, and they still subscribe.

    It would be good if everyone had a flag, and displayed it properly especially on those days noted in the flag code as days to display. Short of that, I find it hard to complain about a flag subscription service, benefits considered.

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  3. flatlander100 says:

    “Our local Rotary Club provides a U.S. flag planted in your yard for flag-flying events from Memorial Day through Labor Day, for an annual subscription of about $15.00. Local groups, including especially Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, take a route and plant the flags.”

    Yeah, Scouts to it here as a fund raiser. Have to tell you, it struck me when I first heard of the practice, still does, as kind of “contract patriotism.” Putting a flag out on the lawn or porch involves minimal effort. Certainly couldn’t think of much less someone might do by way of honoring the nation’s military fallen in a public way. To hire out doing even that seems wrong somehow.

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Waterloo, NY, looks a little less fortunate when compressed into a URL with no space between the city and state names.

    Thanks for the link, Ellie.

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  5. Ellie says:

    And, if you have the time, do visit here:http://waterloony.com/Mday2011.html

    It’s the birthplace of Memorial Day where they are celebrating their 145th consecutive Memorial Day observance.

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