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UNITED STATES FLAGS OF A DIFFERENT KIND
FLAG DAY: JUNE 14, 2012
Four names are painted on top of this silo located along Rt. 81 in New York State:
Sgt. Frasier, LCPL Schwarz, LCPL Echols, ODC Anderson on top of silo.
Who are they?
Throughout the years, while traveling close to home and afar from home, Monte and I have seen structures—silos, garage doors, houses—painted with flags.
Garage door in Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania.
Before I posted the photos I researched the etiquette of doing this. I was unable to locate an answer to that question. I’m still left wondering what the etiquette is about painting a flag on structures or painting a house to represent the flag.
House located on Lamoine Road in Lamoine, Maine. (2003 Photo)
However, I found a couple of recent posts relating to painting of flags on structures. The first was written about a house painted to look like an American flag, allegedly to protest their homeowners association (rules prohibiting the flying of the flag). One of the arguments that it wasn’t a protest was presented on a blog, Bent Corner, written from Hagerstown, Maryland:
it’s illegal for a homeowners association to bar someone from displaying the American flag. The federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, makes it illegal for a homeowners association to restrict homeowners from displaying the American flag on their property.
It’s literally a federal offense for a homeowners association to restrict flying the American flag.1
While at the Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, last February I came acrossthe following flag made by a security guard using cardboard rolls from an identification-making machine:
And while traveling in New England in 2003 a lobster shack in New Castle, New Hampshire, sported the following:
While I am still puzzled over the etiquette of these paintings, I’ve seen them all over the country where I’ve traveled. They are creative and patriotic. Please enjoy this artwork when you discover it.
NOTE: The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, signed into law by former President Bush on July 24, 1005, reads:
Sec. 3. Right to Display the Flag of the United States
A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.
Sec. 4. Limitations.
Nothing in this Act shall be considered to permit any display or use that is inconsistent with –
(1) any provision of chapter 1 of title 4, United States Code, or any rule or custom pertaining to the proper display or use of the flag of the United States (as established pursuant to such chapter or any otherwise applicable provision of law); or
(2) any reasonable restriction pertaining to the time, place, or manner of displaying the flag of the United States necessary to protect a substantial interest of the condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association.2