U.S. flag displayed at night should be lit
I live in a community that flies the American flag on a flagpole in front of our clubhouse. The flag flies continuously day and night; however, during the periods of darkness, the flag is not properly illuminated. I have requested that a light be installed to properly illuminate the flag during periods of darkness, but our governing board does not feel it is necessary. They state that a street light (25 to 40 feet across the street) is sufficient.
According to 4 U.S. Code, Section 6a, “It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”
It is relevant to note an explanation by the American Legion, which states that “Proper illumination is … having a light source sufficient to illuminate the flag so it is recognizable as such by the casual observer.”
Using the streetlight as a light source is not sufficient, in my opinion. The light is intended to illuminate the street. This is most disappointing, as several members of the board have served and retired from our military. Tens of thousands of Americans have died defending this flag!
I feel it is very disrespectful that we do not give this flag the respect that it deserves. If we choose not to display it properly, then we should take it down at dusk and raise again at daylight.
Everyone displaying a flag on their house at night should have a light on it. LYNN LAW Bella Vista