Letters to the Editor

Francis Scott Key had it right

No disrespect intended to proud U.S. Army veteran James J. Harrigan, but I can’t agree with everything he stated in his recent letter on proper display of the American flag. In his letter he states that when flying the flag at night, “it must have a flood/spotlight from beneath the flag.” While maybe ideal, Harrigan’s proposed solution would not necessarily be the only way to shed respectful light on the subject.

A review of the U.S. Flag Code (United States Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6a) indicated that the flag need be “properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”

The code does not define “properly illuminated.” Nearby streetlights or flagpoles like mine with a solar-powered device to illuminate the flag from above might well fill the bill.

Francis Scott Key had it right when he wrote, “Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Bill Malec, O’Fallon