A Texas man claims the manager of his apartment complex told him to remove the American flag from his balcony, saying that it’s a “threat to the Muslim community.” Duy Tran, had just moved into the complex a few days before he invited KHOU to his apartment after putting his flag. The complex’s manager denied the station’s request for an on-camera interview and handed a reporter the following statement instead:
“While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our residents patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintains the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already displays our country’s flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”
The Lodge on El Dorado
Tran told the local news that the apartment manager telling him the flag was a threat to Muslims “really stunned [him] I’m no threat to anybody”. My biggest question here is WHAT is unsafe about an American Flag hung on a balcony?
The news crew drove through the complex and found other things hanging from balconies around the complex. Tran doesn’t plan on budging on his stance telling the reporters that, “I’m going to leave my flag there as American until she shows me proof that I don’t have the right to leave my flag there”.
Do you think Tran should leave his flag up? Did you know that the United States Flag has it’s own laws?
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are found in detail in the United States Code. Title 4, Chapter 1 pertains to the flag; Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 700 regards criminal penalties for flag desecration; Title 36, Chapter 3 pertains to patriotic customs and observances. These laws were supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. You can read ALL laws for flag display HERE
One very important flag regulation that many people aren’t aware of is WHEN TO SALUTE! Do YOU know when you should or shouldn’t salute the flag? Often people will NOT salute and the right times and WILL salute at the wrong times. Here is the easiest way to remember:
1. ALWAYS salute when the flag is moving, being raised or folded (usually when someone is presenting the colors/ flag or retiring the colors/flag). You would bring your hand to your heart when you see the flag begin passing you and leave it there until the flag is completely raised (usually followed by the pledge with hand on heart). You would bring your hand to your heart as soon as you see the flag moving down the flagpole and remove your hand from your heart when the flag has moved out of your site.
2. ALWAYS stand and salute when saying the pledge of allegiance.
3. ALWAYS stand and salute when hearing or singing the national anthem (unless you are the person singing the national anthem).
4. ONLY put your hand on your heart while Taps is played IF the flag is moving or being presented. People will put their hand on their heart when Taps is being played even if the flag isn’t moving. Usually Taps is played at funerals as the flag is being folded and presented. Just the song doesn’t denote saluting… flag moving denotes saluting.