"You're not following the code," she intoned.
Okay. Section 6(a) of the United States Flag Code states, in part:
" §6 Time and occasions for display
- It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness."
Of course, this is a guideline only and there are no civil or criminal penalties for failure to illuminate a flag, in the code. If there is it would be an isolated local matter. But for anyone interested in displaying the flag in a proper and respectful manner, this is it.
However, she also fails to take into account the difficulty in ground-based lighting in a land where there are multiple feet of snow on the ground for more than half the year.
This is further complicated by our flagpole, which has the rope & pulleys inside the pole, with the unused rope piled at the bottom of the interior ... which promptly fills with ice every winter. During the cold months (late October through April, most years) the rope cannot be moved.
I'm sorry to disappoint the woman (okay, not really), but it seems she doesn't know what she's talking about.
If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.
p.s. As a point of interest, the only penalty provided in the code is for any resident of the District of Columbia who defaces or mutilates a flag. For that miscreant, the fine is $100 or imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both (Sect. 3, US Flag Code).