To the Editor:

Our American flag is a symbol of pride and freedom for all Americans, ideally viewed by the world to represent diplomacy and democratic principles while serving to give hope in the face of diversity.

On June 16, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the official act of accepting our national flag. It contains 50 stars representing our 50 states, 13 stripes, representing our original 13 British colonies;  red for courage, white for purity, and blue for vigilance. Incidentally, the evolving Federal Flag Code guidelines on taking the flag down or illuminating it refers to public/municipal instillations and not on your private property.

As individual citizens, we are limited as to how we can support these high ideals, particularly during these challenging times. However, here is something we can do. Display an American flag in a prominent location on your property. In our gated community, more and more flags are now seen hanging permanently from a tree or building. A majority of my neighbor’s homes are “flagged”; mine has been flying for 15 years.

Be part of this renewed spirit of unity. Purchase a flag kit at your local hardware store and mount it .

If mounting the flag kit is too challenging, I will mount it free of charge in my gated community. Perhaps other handy volunteers will come forward in their own communities.

Be a proud American every day. Display our nation’s flag 24/7/365.

Earle Everett

Moss Creek