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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by caliber bob, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. caliber bob

    caliber bob Yamhill County, OR. Member

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    Hey I just was thinking. I just recently purchased my first home, and I thougt it would be a great idea to put a flag in my yard or something. I just need to get a pole because my grandfather has a flag for me to use. Does anyone else want to join me? I think it would be cool to start driving by neighborhoods and seeing the American Flag on a lot of houses. Let me know what you guys think.
     
  2. 57chevy

    57chevy Hillsboro Member

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    I have mine up already. Great idea to put it out there BJ. :thumbup:
     
  3. swoop

    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have one on the house but would really like to put a pole out on the corner. :flag:
     
  4. caliber bob

    caliber bob Yamhill County, OR. Member

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    Great. I also heard that you are supposed to have a light shining on it at night? is this correct. I think you can get the poles for around $100, but I will check.
     
  5. dolooper

    dolooper Coast Range, or thereabouts Well-Known Member

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    Great idea. You're correct about illuminating it at night. The American Legion has a great page with the text of the U.S. Flag Code and illustrations regarding display and treatment.

    Flag Code Page.
     
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    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    wonderful idea. just check the legion site and get the rules right and do it properly.
     
  8. caliber bob

    caliber bob Yamhill County, OR. Member

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    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I live in the Inner Southeast area of Portland, an old working-class neighborhood which has been taken over by ex-hippies like me, Yuppies, and the so-called "Creative Class". Alas, the workers mostly cannot afford to live there anymore. After 9/11/01 I flew the Flag on my porch continuously for nearly three years, illuminated by night.

    Then one night some brave coward stole it off of my house, and threw the broken pole down my driveway. When I contacted the police they mentioned that it was a common crime in my neighborhood. I presume that somebody wanted it to desecrate at some protest march. I am certain that they were simply sick of seeing the Flag on my place. I thought about putting up TEN new flags on electrified poles, but money was tight, and I was shortly "gentrified" out of the rental.

    Next, I moved into a large "Senior" apartment building which always proudly flew an illuminated Flag over the entrance. That made the place feel like home to me. So, shortly after that some high-jumping protester managed to steal it late at night. I guess it was a "blow against the Empire." It has not been replaced for two years now. I am now plotting putting up my own spare Flag, probably late at night when the Manager is asleep!

    My point of this ramble is just to warn you that flying the Flag can attract evil mischief from moral defectives. "Don't let the b*st*rds wear you down!"..........................elsullo :cool:
     
  10. Doubletap

    Doubletap Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Since our country has been in "Dire Distress" since the election..I'd have to fly mine upside down.. I'm sure that would garner me all sorts of unwanted attention from my Looney Left neighbors....
     
  11. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    We've been flying a flag day in, day out in our front yard since before 9/11. It's lit at night with a light on a timer. We only take it down to put a new one up when it gets tattered. We are not the only ones in our neighborhood to fly one. and because of my big dog, I'm not too worried about anything happening to it.
    It was my wife's idea. She also likes guns and hunting. I married a very good woman, don't ya think?
     
  12. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I think everyone who loves this country and respects the people who fought and died for their country shoudl have a flag outside their house. I live in an apartment and although I don't have a flag flying outside my apartment I have two inside, one hanging and one folded. There are a lot of people who do not know what that flag means. And it pisses me off to see garbage take their short comings out on something that means so much to the few of us.
    There was a story of a father from Madras, OR, his son died in Iraq and the flag given to him at his funeral he flew outside his house was stolen by some dirtbag. It makes me sick.
    But it's still worth it. I don't care if I had to by a flag every week. I would put it up. And if yours gets stolen I would take a shift sitting outside your house rifl in hand waiting for the b@st@ard to come back and try it again.
     
  13. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    I have to check our HOAs to see if they are going to try and make me get an "architectural request" to put up a flag....

    Think there'll be a bill to change our flag to look like this in the near future?

    ussa.jpg
     
  14. usmc0311

    usmc0311 Portland Member

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    Sure, you might be upset by the current adminstration, but to fly our national ensign upside down in protest to it is highly disrespectful IMHO. Just as disrespectful as an anti-war protester flying it upside down or burning it if you ask me.

    Not trying to be a jerk about it, it's just how I feel. Now if we start veering toward National Socialism, that would be another story..
     
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    usmc0311 Portland Member

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    Maybe fly a "Don't Tread on Me" flag underneath it and get your point across to everyone, without any ambiguity..
     
  16. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    So this is how the "USSA" flag should properly appear then:
     
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    usmc0311 Portland Member

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    HA!:D:thumbup:
     
  18. Doubletap

    Doubletap Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Actually..an upside down flag is not disrespectful..it is a recognized signal for distress..which..as I pointed out..our country is in..

    Trust me..no one respects our flag..or loves our country..more than I do.. That's why it angers..and sickens me..to see it in the hands of the enemy..

    I would like to see someone come up with a good ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE flag though...
     
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    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    attempt

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  20. PDXcamper

    PDXcamper Washington County Member

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    I'm glad this topic came up because am new to the area and have a question.

    I have three older flags which are tattered and torn and need to be properly disposed of. Everything I've learned and read states that this is to be by proper ceremony, typically burning -- not commie socialist protester burning but in a dignified ceremony. Where can I find such a ceremony or event for my decommissioned flags? Do the Boy Scouts do this? I could certainly do this on my own in my backyard fire pit but I figured if there was a more official event, I would take advantage of it and use the occasion to teach my kids about the flag. I've been holding on to them for several years because I've thus far not found a suitable answer to this question.

    Thanks!