In scouting, I was taught that there was a special procedure of dismantling and burning a retired flag (never burned as a whole) that was supposed to have special meanings nad reverence. I haven't seen anyone do that in over two decades though. Not sure if the standard has changed.
One thing I do know that is pretty common is that if you are flying flags for multiple countries and/or organizations, that the tallest pole is reserved for the nation's own flag and all others are a step lower. So in this case, the US flag would be on the highest pole and any other flags would be on slightly shorter poles.
In Alaska, which has enough successionists for them to form a political party, it is common for folks to signal their distaste for the oh-so-distant Federal government by flying the state flag (which is quite handsome) by itself, or if they wish to make the point a little less pointedly, at the same size and height as the U.S. flag.
I just recalled another practice that seems to have largely fallen by the wayside for anyone who isn't in the military or a 90 year old man. The flag, as I was taught years ago, is to be raised first thing in the morning and lowered again just at sunset/taps. I don't really see many people in the cities doing this though. Most of them either have no flag at all or just leave it out 24/7.
If the flag is flown after sundown it is supposed to be illuminated. Too many make a token gesture of putting up the flag and then pretty much forget about it, leaving it up in the dark, letting it get torn up and leaving it flying.
Turns from a bit of patriotism into a real sign of disrespect. If you are going to fly it, do it right, with respect and honor for what it represents.
If I fly a flag it will be one of my own design, representing my family/artist collective, and I will fly it as I see fit.
I don't think babying a symbol shows it much respect.
I would hope our flag would serve as a comforter, tarp, picknic blanket , towl, moving blanket, curtain and rag before being composted, but then,that is the kind path I would want for myself as well...
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posted 4 years ago
Dan Boone wrote:In Alaska, which has enough successionists for them to form a political party, it is common for folks to signal their distaste for the oh-so-distant Federal government by flying the state flag (which is quite handsome) by itself, or if they wish to make the point a little less pointedly, at the same size and height as the U.S. flag.
i always thought it was silly that people put the us gov flag above the state flag, as the us flag doesnt exist without the states. futhermore, the states created the federal government, so im not sure how they are lower on the list, but to each their own though.
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