Simple & Elegant Anti-Furling Solution !!!
One of my neighbors flies a 3'x5' American Flag 24/7 (he has a son in Iraq) from a six foot pole that's attached to the wall underneath his porchlight to the left of his front door.
His Flag is constantly furling itself around its flagpole and he's been having a terrible time keeping the Flag UN-furled. Although he can't afford to buy an anti-furling type of flagpole, he seems to have come up with an elegantly simple way of keeping the Flag fully unfurled.
He attached a length of almost invisible fishing line to the upper corner of the fly-end. The fishing line is long enough to allow the Flag to "hang free" and give it some "flying room", but short enough to prevent it from wrapping itself around the pole. I don't know how heavy or stong the fishing line is, but for now it's working beautifully!
Although I'm perfectly fine with his solution, I can't help but think that it might, in some small way, be against something in the "Flag Code".
The first thing I though of SPECIFICALLY (Highlighted In BOLD) :
§8. Respect For Flag
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
- The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
- The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
- The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
There might be other sections that are applicable, but this is the first one I thought of.
As I wrote earlier, I'm perfectly fine with my neighbor's "anti-furling" solutuion. I was just wondering what other "interpretations" and considerations people here might have about it.
THANK YOU !!!
Eugene, Oregon, USA
"All That Is Needed For Evil To Triumph Is For Good Men To Stand By And Do Nothing"