The Persian Gulf war seems to have filled the patriotic cup to overflowing. Fluttering forests of red, white and blue have sprouted on front porches, in front yards, in windows and on car antennas across the country.
With the increase in the number of flags displayed on front porches and front-yard flag poles, there is an increase in the number of flags being neglected, according to a flag pamphlet put out by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
There is a list of rules people should be aware of when flying the Stars and Stripes.
For instance, while there is no prohibition against displaying the flag 24 hours a day, some federal agencies discourage displaying the flag at night because it breeds neglect. And if the flag is displayed at night, it should be illuminated.