Do you look as patriotic as you feel?
It has been predicted that patriotic fashion and everything red white and blue for the home and decorating will continue to be a huge trend now through the election. Normally these items are popular through summer. The 4th of July may be over, but your patriotism doesn’t have to stop with sparklers.
Would you Display your Patriotism Permanently?
3 years ago we moved from a private community, “into town.” It’s a sweet Pennsylvania neighborhood started in the 1950’s and most of the yards on our street have a flag pole. Our World War II neighbor across the street actually put 2 in his yard. And when we drive out into the country there are flags displayed permanently onto the buildings.
Flags fly, decorations abound in the summer, despite all of the negative things I hear people spew about our country online and on television, which made me think about patriotism and patriotic decor. I believe we all feel more connected a sense of pride and gratefulness during this time. How do you feel? Do you fly your flag as a holiday decoration and not think much about it other than it looks great, or does it fly in your heart. What do you feel when you see American Flag and other items associated with it?
Proper Flag Display – Do you Know the Do’s and Don’ts?
I realized last year that I didn’t know as much about displaying the flag as I thought I did. We hung a lovely large flag on the side of our garage. We hung it wrong, we had the blue with stars on the right hand side, which made sense to me because I held the flag the way it would normally fly and tilted it. The handmade ribbon flag below is hung the correct way. The union should always be first. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not know the proper way or the symbolism, I discovered this when looking for beautiful art pieces to share on here.
Patriotic Fashion – Are you In or Are you Out?
How about patriotic fashion? Is it okay to wear the flag on our bodies? The answer may be confusing to some people if they don’t look it up. It is okay to have the American Flag on a garment or on accessories, but it is not okay to drape yourself or wear an actual flag, plus it looks tacky. Taylor Swift does it right! And so do these men’s vintage cuff links.
Do you know when your flag is ready to be permanently taken down and how to properly dispose of it? I do. Only because our son is a Boy Scout. Under the “flag Code” it says
“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
You can contact your local Boy Scout troop to find out when they are collecting flags for a burning ceremony.
Patriotic Decor – What Do you think of?
I love patriotic decor. I think it’s fun when people are all decked out in their stars and striped and blinking headbands. My kids enjoy it too. I just hope that in the midst of all of the consumerism of mass produced items, we can remember what the flag represents. Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices by the men and women who have come before us.
In an election year where everyone feels in limbo, it’s more important than ever to remember that we are all American’s first. We are still at war. We still have men and women living away from their families for many months at a time. And we STILL have our constitutional rights. We can say how we feel, we have the right to bear arms and the right to worship freely.
When I see the flag flying I am always reminded of all of the men in my family that have served their country. I think about the young men and women that continue to sign up to devote themselves to serving us in such a selfless way. Remember to show your patriotism all year long. It’s not just one day, it’s not just one season. And if you see a veteran, shake their hand and thank them for their service. Please share your favorite way to show your patriotism or decorate with all things America.