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Old 05-30-2019, 08:14 PM   #1
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London Aire meets Flag Man USA

As we prepare for our long summer trips it was time to get the London Aire set up for Independence Day and other special occasions. Used velcro on the awing leading edge and then on the American flag. Working on using our grabber nabbers to put flags up and down, so no ladder. Pulled awning in with flags attached and no problem. If the wind picks up and the awning comes in it won't be a problem. Love the USA and my father, a retired military officer from WW2, Korea, and Vietnam had his flag displayed everyday.
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Looks nice, however, flag etiquette dictates the union (stars) should always be to the left of the observer.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:47 PM   #3
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Never had flag training and now I know. Will correct when we hang them again. The two on the left are OK and the the two on right closest to the door need to be changed?
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:58 PM   #4
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Good job Tom! kinda wish my coach was red white and blue.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:41 PM   #5
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Never had flag training and now I know. Will correct when we hang them again. The two on the left are OK and the the two on right closest to the door need to be changed?
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:04 AM   #6
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Thanks for posting that! I have and use an Uncommon USA flag pole but only put it up if we are staying someplace for a week or longer. I am hauling around 4 new large extra flags I now know what I can do with.
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While I appreciate the sentiment, as a Marine, I frequently piss off "patriots" improperly displaying the USA flag. I'd also question displaying that many flags. I remember regular folks looking at me funny when I would be the only one rendering honors to the flag, prior to 9/11.



You do know that every time you pass those flag you should render honors. Are they brought in at night? Or does each flag have it own dedicated light for night time display?



I know I will upset some folks, but after 20 years 11 days active duty, I hold that flag in reverence. It is not something I take lightly. In the 80s and 90s most people are unaware of where and what the Marines we're doing, at the president's whim.


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Thank You for your service. We fly the flag at our home every day, born on a military base, spent first 18 years living on military facilities, father retired major in the Air Force and person like yourself I hold in high honor. This was no way a thought of improperly displaying the USA flag. I am sorry if this has piss you off. Just today we are having a birthday party at our home for my best friend a Korea War Marine officer vet who turns 90 today. I will be thinking over your thoughts when we display our American flag next.
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While I appreciate the sentiment, as a Marine, I frequently piss off "patriots" improperly displaying the USA flag. I'd also question displaying that many flags. I remember regular folks looking at me funny when I would be the only one rendering honors to the flag, prior to 9/11.



You do know that every time you pass those flag you should render honors. Are they brought in at night? Or does each flag have it own dedicated light for night time display?



I know I will upset some folks, but after 20 years 11 days active duty, I hold that flag in reverence. It is not something I take lightly. In the 80s and 90s most people are unaware of where and what the Marines we're doing, at the president's whim.


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I totally agree with you. One flag properly displayed IAW the United States Flag Code is appropriate.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code
Now, if you want to dress up a venue in a patriotic theme they have made and used red, white and blue bunting for hundreds of years.
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Tom, great flag display! If you need to illuminate at night your awning lights should work great. Always brings smile to my face when I see someone displaying our flag. More the merrier!

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Here is our living room set up for Jim Stepp, our best friend, who is turning 90 years old today and is a Korean War vet from the MARINES.
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Well done! He will be a Happy Marine.
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I may be hypersensitive but whenever I see what I consider an over-the-top display of patriotic fervor the saying attributed to Samuel Johnson in 1775 comes to mind.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."
I am quite sure the quote does not fit you or your intentions. Please don't take it personally.
Hypernationalism has been used over and over again throughout history by brutal dictators to facilitate their rise to power. Something we all should be aware of and guard against.
I'm sure your friend Jim will greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness in celebrating his birthday.
Any chance you could substitute a POW/MIA flag and perhaps flags of the USA, USN, USMC, USCG and USAF for a couple of three of those US flags?
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:17 PM   #14
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As a US Army vet of VN vintage, I appreciate Tom's gesture. And, I can be a stickler on flag display etiquette too. Technically, his display might be just a little at odds with a strict interpretation of flag etiquette, but his heart is in the right place and that counts for a lot in my book.

Let's lighten up just a little on Tom and take into consideration his true motive; patriotism, honoring the symbol of our nation and honoring those who served it. There's precious little of that around today!

Thanks, Tom!

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