Why You Really Need to Fly Your Flag for Today’s Flag Day
Today, Tuesday June 14, is Flag Day in America.
This year Flag Day falls during the period of national mourning for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., massacre, which raises questions about how to observe both if you have a flag that can't be lowered to half-staff.
President Barack Obama has ordered that flags fly at half-staff at the White House and all flags in the U.S. and abroad until June 16 "as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated."
But there are instances when a flag cannot be lowered to half-staff — like outside a home where the pole, with an affixed flag, sits in a bracket at a 45-degree angle.
In those cases, displaying the flag normally is not considered disrespectful to those in mourning, flag experts said.
In light of the weekend's tragedy in Orlando, what better is there to show our national resolve and patriotism than to fly your flag today!