"Throughout the history of our nation, the flag has evoked intense, sincere feelings of patriotism." - President Jimmy Carter
The Second Continental Congress adopted the American Flag on June 14, 1777. To this day, homeowners across our nation patriotically wave the Star-Spangled Banner to celebrate American freedom.
We would like to share several tips for honoring the American flag on your Florida home, whether it’s Flag Day, Independence Day, or one of the other 363 days of the year.
Planning to mount a flag to the side of your home? Here’s how to properly and safely complete the installation:
- Position the bracket against your house, and mark the screw holes. Using a drill bit, predrill a hole in the desired area. For brick siding, use a masonry bit. Make sure you drill into the brick, not the mortar.
- Fill each hole with caulk, and attach the bracket with screws. If screws didn’t come with your flag, 1 1/4-inch stainless steel screws should do the trick. For brick siding, insert plastic or stainless steel anchors before screwing the bracket into place.
- Place the flag firmly into the bracket.
- Make sure the flag sits firmly upright and is not leaning.
Fly your flag sunrise to sunset, especially on holidays such as Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day (July 4). The American flag may be flown in inclement weather as long as it is made of all-weather material. The National Flag Foundation recommends illuminating the flag if flown at night.
The flag may be hung vertically on a wall, window, roof eave, or other structural overhang. The Union (blue) should always be to the observer’s upper left. No part of the flag should ever touch the ground. Position the flag high enough to keep it out of the reach of young children, who may not know how to honor and respect the flag.
The flag should always be clean and without tears, rips or shredding. If your flag gets tattered by the wind or rain, mend it shortly after. If the flag becomes so tattered that it no longer serves as a symbol of the United States, it should be taken down out of respect. Routinely check your flag’s bracket to make sure it is still securely attached to your home.