Millions of homeowners and business owners proudly display the American flag. On these residential and commercial properties, the American flag is typically displayed from sunrise to sunset. There are certain historical places in the United States, however, where the American flag is continuously displayed by presidential proclamation and acts of Congress. If you happen to visit any of the places listed below, you can expect to see the American flag continuously displayed all 365 days a year.
The White House
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the White House continuously displays the American flag. There’s a single tall flagpole on the roof of the White House, which is used to display the American flag year-round. The American flag may be flown at half-staff, depending on the specific day or occasion. Regardless, it’s continuously displayed on the roof of the White House.
The Forst McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine continuously displays the American flag. Fort McHenry, of course, is where the Star-Spangled Banner was conceived. During the American Revolution, a poet wrote the Star-Spangled Banner while watching as English ships bombarded the base. Fort McHenry now continuously displays the American flag.
The Lexington Battle Green
You’ll also find the American flag continuously displayed at the Lexington Battle Green. A historic site in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts, it was the location of the first shots fired during the American Revolution. The Lexington Battle Green has since become a public park.
Marine Corps War Memorial
Another location where the American flag is continuously displayed is the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. It’s a historical national memorial constructed in the mid-1950s to honor all the Marines who gave their lives to defend the United States. The Marine Corps War Memorial features a group of marines lifting the American flag. It was inspired by a photograph in which six Marines pushed the American flag forward during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
Francis Scott Key’s Home and Gravesite
The American flag is continuously displayed at both the home and gravesite of Francis Scott Key. Key, of course, was the poet who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner. His home and gravesite have since become historic sites where the American is displayed year-round.
Perhaps the most interesting place where the American flag is continuously displayed is the moon. During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin mounted the American flag to the moon’s lunar surface.