01-28-2008, 01:24 AM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dayton, OH
The United States Flag
Currently, under United States code Title 4 Ch. 1 sec. 7c:
No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.
There is a company in my town that has three 30ft. flag poles. The United States flag is masted on the center pole with the company flag to the left and an ISO9002 flag to the right. All three flag are at equal height.
Furthermore, Title 4 Ch. 1 sec. 6a states:
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
This same company does not have any type of illumination and they fly the flags 24/7.
I have tried talking with these people about proper flag placement and the fact that they need to illuminate it or take it down at night. They told me I didn't know what I was talking about because it was private property and that they could "...hang it upside-down if they wanted".
This has been an ongoing issue since they had the poles installed last month. I've sent letters to the city requesting action, but have gotten no response. As such, I've drafted copies of letters and have addressed them to several veterans organizations, the State Capitol and everyone in my address book. I included a full description of my issue and photographs of the flags in question. I dropped them at the post office a little while ago.
Nothing irks me more than the blatant misuse of our Flag. It is a living breathing thing used to represent this great country.
I understand people wanting to be patriotic...and I'm all for that. But don't be dumb.
(gets down off of soapbox)