Flag This!

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by Dahni
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I am considering putting up a flag outside of our home. I could certainly use your help and would appreciate your opinion.

I’ve picked out a few that I thought might work under these categories:

Design, Symbolism, Non-Offensive, and Home Security


Let’s start with design. I like the following because it’s colorful and pretty.


Unfortunately, the rainbow flag has been seized by another group and to use it would offend others.

This next group is considered racist and particularly symbolic of slavery, so they’re unacceptable.


I came up with the next one as perhaps it is neutral?


But many might think I am a white supremacist or that I have surrendered and they would be offended.

What If I added something to the foreground?


Well, some would still be offended by the white background. Others would be offended by the religious symbol of a cross. But, I’ve decided not to use this flag because, I think a lot of people might see it and stop in. We just don’t have enough band-aids to go around! 🙂

What if I just put up a black flag?


WOW, where do I start with this one? Some might be OK with this while others would be offended. And in final analysis, it’s way too confusing!

A black flag was used by ancient Roman military. I’m not ancient (yet); not a Roman or an Italian.

“The Black Standard” has been associated with the prophet Mohammed. But I am not a Muslim.

The German Peasants’ War in the 16th century by the revolting farmers, used a black flag. I don’t live in the 16th century, I am not German or a farmer.

Afghanistan flew a solid black flag from 1709–38 and from 1880–1901. I live in the 21st century and I am not from Afghanistan.

The Anarchist black flag has been an anarchist symbol since the 1880’s. This symbol is a reference to a quote by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon “anarchy is the mother of order.” He was a French politician and the founder of mutualist philosophy. He was the first person to declare himself an anarchist and many consider him to be the father of anarchy. The black background flag was often seen having an ‘A’ and an ‘O’  encircled. I am not an anarchist.

Fascists and Nazis used a black background in their flags. I am neither a fascist nor a Nazi.

Upon the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, German U-boats were ordered to fly a black flag and sail to an Allied port and surrender. We do not have any U-boats where we live.

Plain black flags with no art were often employed by most pirates in the 17th–18th century. Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates’ victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement—and might, therefore, slaughter those they defeated (since captured pirates were usually hanged, they did not have much to gain by asking quarter if defeated). I am not a pirate.

Black flags are often associated with funerals in the West, particularly state funerals and public mourning. I’m still alive.

In the former Yugoslavia, a plain black flag was the flag of mourning. It was displayed for 40 days after death on the deceased person’s house. I’m not from Yugoslavia.

The black flag is the symbol of the Jewish ultra-Orthodox, anti-Zionist group, Neturei Karta. It is flown as a sign of mourning over the creation of the State of Israel, most commonly on Israeli Independence Day. I am neither Jewish nor am I from Israel.

In sail racing, when the black flag is displayed with the preparatory signal, a boat that is over the starting line in the minute prior to the starting signal is immediately disqualified without a hearing. I am not a sailor and I don’t have a boat.

In some forms of racing, a black flag is used to disqualify competitors or indicate some other penalty (such as a forced pit stop in NASCAR). I am not a racer and I don’t have a race car.

Whatever its symbolism is taken to mean, a black flag is sure to offend someone. Besides that, we live in the country and have a lot of birds flying overhead. A black flag is sure to show bird poop! 🙂

For general home security, I thought of a couple designs.


I’m sure this flag would offend someone and if I were to use it, I’d probably be listed as a “hater” or a homeland terrorist, but at least the FBI, CIA and all kinds of government groups would be watching our property. 🙂


This next flag would offend some and maybe it would be shot at, on our property and maybe even we might get shot? Then again, maybe people would just be scared and leave us alone if we put up the flag of ISIL?

After considering all these designs, I have come to the conclusion that it is just impossible to be politically correct and to not offend someone! I’m on my own.

Believe it or not, I have three favorite colors and they just happen to be, red, white and blue. I have been blessed to live in the country and to have seen over our back yard, two bald eagles soaring in the sky. I may not be brave, but I still live, “in the land of the free and the home of the brave.” So, I’ve decided to go with the, “stars and the stripes”“Old Glory,” the flag of the United States of America.


I recognize that there are some of a religious group that believe a “pledge” and “allegiance” are associated with swearing an oath and their religion forbids them from saying the ‘pledge of allegiance’ or saluting the flag that rises above the very ground where they live and are free to believe what they want to believe. I do not interpret or associate the words “pledge” or “allegiance” or the placing of my hand over my heart or saluting the flag as swearing an oath. But I wonder if the same people who reject the pledge of allegiance or saluting the flag on these grounds, realize they have already sworn at least one oath if not many? If anyone has ever been required to give testimony in a court of law, they have sworn or affirmed a spoken oath to tell the truth. If anyone has ever filed an income tax form, you should read or re-read the very bottom of the return. It says:

“Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and complete.”

This is called a tacit (implied, but non-spoken) oath and carries the same force as if it were spoken. But no such or any kind of sworn, spoken or implied oath was ever intended, by any citizen of the United States of America. Oaths were only for new citizens, the military and those that actually, really and truly, work for the government. And that oath was not to God, the heavens, a royal, or to the earth, but to a thing, the Constitution of the United States of America. From a Puritan’s standard, like William Penn, who opened the doors to religious freedom and planned the city of “Brotherly Love,” (Philadelphia, PA), our founders were opposed to oaths. But realizing that it is not a crime to do nothing, they understood that all those working for the government had to do was just show up and collect their paychecks—that’s it, nothing else. So they made it a requirement to swear an oath to a thing, the Constitution of the United States of America, to hold them to account!

I do not know what the flag, our flag might mean to you, but I can tell you what it means to me.

Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the United States Seal, stated:

“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

From the book “Our Flag” published in 1989 by the House of Representatives

“The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”

published in 1977 by the House of Representatives

I know whom my God and Father is. He is MY “Chief” And I know of Him, by Him and For Him, this republic that was just a whisper, became a shout heard all around the world!

Therefore, I will find the best flag and pole and accouterments, all appropriate for where we live on top of a hill in the country where it will fly in the breeze and the wind we often have here. All materials will be made in the USA and any labor required to erect it and maintain it, will be provided by one or more, US citizens.

I will briskly hoist the flag day by day when I get up in the morning, weather permitting. I will display it between sunrise and sunset. Once it has been hoisted, I will look upward, face it, and with my right hand over my heart, I will say aloud MY, ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’

“I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

On occasion, I will read the following:
“I – – Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge – – Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance – – My love and my devotion.
To the Flag – – Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody’s job.
United – – That means that we have all come together.
States – – Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.
And to the Republic – – Republic–a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation – – One Nation–meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible – – Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty – – Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice – – The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All – – For All–which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?”

Red Skelton around 1952

On occasion, I will sing to the best of my ability, the first stanza of, ‘America.’

“My country, ’tis of Thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.”

On occasion, I will sing to the best of my ability, the first and last stanzas of, ‘America the Beautiful’

“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

O Beautiful for patriot dream
that sees beyond the years.
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.”

With my right hand still over my heart, I will sing daily, to the best of my ability, the first stanza of the National Anthem.

“Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight’
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

At sunset each day, I will slowly lower our flag to waiting arms and not allow it to touch the ground and then fold it thus:

Step 1


I will begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

Step 2


We will fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

Step 3


We will fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.

Step 4


We will make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

Step 5


We will turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

Step 6


We will continue the triangular folding until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

Step 7

When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars will be visible.

While the flag is being folded, the following will either be read or a recording played of the reading:

Folds of the Flag

“The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.”

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mother’s day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and His gift of holy spirit. [modified]

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God we Trust.”

(Wait for the Honor Guard or Flag Detail to inspect the flag–after the inspection, resume reading.)

“After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.”

I will display the flag from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:

New Year’s Day
Inauguration Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Lincoln’s Birthday
Washington’s Birthday
Easter Sunday
Patriots Day, April 19
National Day of Prayer, the 1st Thursday of May
Mother’s Day
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
Flag Day
Independence Day, July 4th
Labor Day
Constitution Day
Columbus Day, October 12th
Navy Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Election Days

and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States. State and Local Holidays, my State Birthday (date of admission to the Union) New York (11th of Original 13) July 25, 1788**(1st U.S. Flag Design/13-Stars)

On some occasions and particularly July 4th, a portion of the Declaration of Independence will be read as such:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

On some occasions, the preamble to the Untied States Constitution will be read as such:

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

I will fly the flag at half-staff only in accordance with:

The Flag in Mourning

I will place the flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day, the flag will be displayed at half-staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.

The flag will be flown at half-staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.

“FLYING THE FLAG AT HALF-STAFF: The pertinent section of the Flag Code says, “by order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.

In the event of the death a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that state, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.” The code also includes other related details including the specific length of time during which the flag should be displayed at half-staff, in the event of the death of a “principal figure”(e.g., 30 days for the death of a sitting or former President, 10 days for the death of a sitting Vice-President,etc.).

I will clean or mend the flag as needed.

And when the flag becomes weathered and worn, I will respectfully burn it and replace it. Like fire purifies and like the legendary Phoenix bird, MY flag will be born again. And then, I will read, the following words:

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

I will respectfully, lovingly and proudly display this flag as I have said above, for as long as I am able or for as long as I can have others do this on my behalf. Once it goes up, if it does not fly, you will know it is because of inclement weather or that I have died, but God is still alive and the ideals of unalienable rights such as— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, cannot die!

I will teach and share these things with our children, grandchildren, their children and anyone that may visit us here at sunrise or sunset at our home, ‘The Gathering Place.’

If these things offend you, do NOT visit us here or drive by at sunrise or sunset! I may not be able to do more for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, but I can NOT do anything less!


And should this flag be so ordered to be flown upside down, if this nation is under distress or ceases to exist, I will not so fly it here. You may be offended by this post and this flag, hate it, despise it, spit on it, defecate on it, urinate on it, shoot it full of holes, and even burn it, but such an idea it represents, can never nor ever, be destroyed!

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1 of WE the People
at The Gathering Place

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