Displaying the Flag

For years I have struggled with how to display the American flag on our home or in the garden.  Our house does not lend itself naturally to flag placement.  We live in a typical ranch style house with no distinguishing architectural characteristics, such as porch columns or railings.

I love this display of the flag on the charming Victorian home.   And they have displayed the flag properly to the left of the door, according to this article.

Mr. DB leaned toward the flag pole idea, but I didn’t think it seemed right for our yard.  In the picture below they planted the flowers around it but it is a little stark for my taste.

Finally, after hours online and batting around some ideas, we hit on a solution that met all of our criteria.

I wanted the flag and it’s support stanchion to be part of the landscape.  Mr. DB wanted it to be central and to stand out. We found the perfect spot as the centerpiece of the landscape on the left  side of the house.  It looks intentional and purposeful there.

We purchased a 4×4 post from Home Depot and set it in concrete (using quickrete and their online directions).   It was a pretty simple project, after all the deliberation.

We are still looking for the right light so that the flag can be up at night.  Those lights in the picture provide a weak beam and aren’t really adequate.  Please let me know if you have suggestions!

I love to display the flag all of the time but particularly on the patriotic holidays, those times when we remember and reflect on  all the values that made us the nation we are.

Nowadays it seems as if we all have opinions on who is the most patriotic.   However, I would like to take this opportunity to dispel any notion that military families are more patriotic than others.  As a family member of a retired Marine, I can say that we chose that life, we loved it and felt honored by it, but we are no more patriotic than others who love and revere our great country.  And we all have our experience with the country; each is individual and unique.  That must be respected and acknowledged as well.

Do you have a traditional Fourth of July celebration or does it vary every year?  Ours certainly varies.

No firm plans yet, but I know we will take a few minutes to reflect on how very lucky we are to be Americans.

 

 

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