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post #14 of Old 01-04-2007
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When to fly the flags?

Originally Posted by hellosailor
In terms of etiquette? "Permanently" is simply wrong. Correct flag etiquette means raising it in the morning and lowering it in the evening, as well as during inclement weather. Or while engaged in battle, and a few other unusual circumstances.

The modern habit of flying a flag 24x7, lighted at night or not, and just letting it shred in the wind, to me in disrespectful jingoism, not to be confused with flying a flag. If you want it to be there "always" then you paint it on the mast or hull--rather than flying one.
I am a Canadian vessel registered in Canada, but since I live 15 minutes from an American marina I moor there for 4 months of the summer. I am not there every day to raise & lower the flags and since I am moored in a host country I have the American flag 24/7 on the starboard shroud and my Canadian flag 24/7 on the stern pole. To me that seems to be the right thing to do so that all know at all times that it is a Canadian vessel moored/hosted in an American port. Am I wrong?
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