Dates to Fly the American Flag: I can remember when I was a Boy Scout back in the mid-1960s. Each major holiday we would meet at the scout hall at about 6:30 a.m. to load approximatly 100 flags, which were rolled up on their seven foot flag poles, into the back of a pickup truck. We would head down town to put up “Old Glory” in front of each store and business on main street.
Baldwin, Michigan was (and still is) a small rural community with a population of about 800. The business district was approximately two blocks long. In the sidewalk next to the curb in front of each business was a 2 inch pipe for placing the pole into. The at that time of morning street was empty, no traffic, no cars parked on it. It was quiet and the morning sun was just coming up.
We would walk back and forth from the truck, grab a flag and head back to the curb place the flag into the next pipe and rush to keep up with the pickup. We normally had eight to ten scouts on this community service, so it wouldn’t take us long to cover downtown. Then come evening we would be out there removing the flags, rolling them up on there poles and placing them in the truck.
I am now 55 years old, and each Memorial – 4th of July I still remember this honorable duty. Sometimes I feel we as amercians are losing touch with it was like in small town america and the importance to remember. This is why I am posting this schedule. May God Blees Amercia.
- News Years Day (January 1st)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Lincoln’s Birthday (Febraury 12th)
- Washington’s Birthday
- President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
- Easter Sunday
- Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday of May)
- Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday in May)
- Memorial Day (Last Monday in May – Fly at Half Mast until Noon)
- Flag Day (June 14th)
- Father’s Day (3rd Sunday in June)
- Independance Day (July 4th)
- Patriot’s Day (September 11th – Half Staff)
- Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
- Election Day (November)
- Veternan’s Day (November 11th)
- Thanks Giving Day (4th Thursday in November)
- Christmas Day (December 25th)
Watch for my future posting on “How to Display the Amercian Flag.”