I have always looked up to my father. He was a tall man, so I had to look up to him. He was a smart, kind, funny, and responsible man so I wanted to look up to him. On days like today (Flag Day) my thoughts turn to him. My father served in the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer aboard submarines. He was also a dedicated Boy Scout Leader and participated in the program up until he was too sick to carry on. My father loved America. I'll never forget the lessons he gave me about our flag as I watched him or helped him fold it before putting it away. He said that the way we treat and use our flag is a sign and expression of our gratitude for our freedoms. It makes me wonder at the level of gratitude in our country as I look down my street and notice the absence of American flags. I know that many people are grateful, many people have just forgotten that today is flag day (I almost forgot), many people don't feel they need to fly a flag to show gratitude, etc. I just wonder at the differences between the flag filled streets of my childhood and the flag-less streets of today.
Flying Our Flag:
It is proper to display the flag from sunrise to sunset on all days the weather permits. The flag may also be displayed at night if illuminated by a light. But it is even more important to display the flag on national holidays and days of importance.
When lowering the flag, make certain that no part of it touches the ground. It should be received by waiting hands and arms.