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How to display the American Flag
Today is the 4th of July — Independence Day — and the day people around the nation show their love for the red, white, and blue. On streets posts, front porches and flying from our fists, the American Flag can be seen waving proudly. But did you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? This guide from USAGov, based on the Federal Flag Code, can help you show respect for the flag as you celebrate this Fourth of July:
- When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
- On the porch: The union of the flag — the blue section with white stars — should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
- On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.
- On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east-and-west street or to the east in a north-and-south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.
- At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
- On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.
- Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.
If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity.
Washington D.C. could get a new name
A commission working to make Washington D.C. the 51st state of the United States of America says the change could also mean a new name — New Columbia.
The name “New Columbia” is actually a name approved by voters in 1982 during an earlier campaign for our capital’s statehood. Sen. Paul Strauss is on the commission and says although he’s not a “super fan” of the suggested name, it will be up to the voters to change.
“If the voters of the new state want to change it, that’s going to be a great thing they can do as a free state,” Strauss says.
The commission says the new name is not everyone’s favorite with residents suggesting at least 10 alternatives. The other options up for debate could include Potomac, Anacostia, and Douglass Commonwealth — which would homage abolitionist Frederick Douglass and also maintain the District’s “D.C.” abbreviation.
Critics also say the city should move away from association with Christopher Columbus, whom voters associate with his cruelty to the indigenous people of North America.
LOCAL TREND: 2 brothers both murdered within two weeks
Columbus Police say they are investigating the murder of man shot dead early Sunday morning. Police say the victim was 29 year old Terry Cobb.
Cobb was shot at the intersection of Cusseta Road and 21st Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:07 a.m. Authorities say Cobb had an active murder warrant for his arrest for the murder of Blake Berry, which happened last July.
Cobb is the brother of Kenneth Holloway, Jr., who was killed last week on June 18th on 17th ave. The suspect in Holloway’s murder 30-year-old Torrance Terrell Menefee turned himself in to police.
His lawyers claim Menefee shot Holloway in self defense.
Police are investigating the scene and there is no word on suspects at this time. Anyone with information should call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400.