February 14, 2013
Some wag e-mailed to ask about flying the flag for Valentine’s Day.
Oregon entered as the 33rd state in 1859 – this is the Oregon commemorative quarter-dollar coin.
Legally, nothing stops a resident from flying the U.S. flag following protocol on any day. So the short answer is, yes, you may fly your U.S. flag on Valentine’s Day.
The Flag Code urges flying the flag on the day a state achieved statehood, too.
So for Oregon and Arizona, there is an expectation that residents will fly their flags. Oregon came into the union on February 14, 1859; Arizona joined the Republic as a state in 1912.
President William Howard Taft signed the papers accepting Arizona into statehood, on February 14, 1912. He still finished third behind Democrat Woodrow Wilson and Bullmoose Party’s Teddy Roosevelt in that fall’s elections. Photo found at Mrs. Convir’s page, Balboa Magnet School (Can you identify others in the photo? Who is the young man?)