The Color of Flags

I wasn’t at the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting on Wednesday, but after reading the Lansdale-Montgomeryville Patch summary of the meeting and the comments online this is certainly a heated subject. I won’t go into the debate regarding the flying of another countries flag here as that has been written about in both the Patch and the Reporter. What I will propose here is an attractive and relatively inexpensive idea for consideration. Last year the Borough installed approximately 50 new street lamps on Main Street and Madison Street. Each lamp post could accommodate a few flags sized proportionately to the post and street (see United Nations Way below). There could be a dedication of one flag each week– or for the nationality’s holiday– culminating in eventually 50 to 100 flags (The Benjamin Parkway in Philadelphia has 109 flags). Lansdale’s downtown International Circle  (it has a nice ring to it) promoting our diverse heritage– German, Irish, Italian, Bangladeshi, French, Mexican, Spanish, English, Sudanese, Hungarian, Slovak, Scottish, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Venezuelan, Russian; the list goes on and on and of course, understanding that none would be larger or fly higher than the Stars and Stripes in town.

Look at the colors of the flags in the photos below and how pleasing they are to the eye (almost like a year round International Spring Festival):

United Nations Way in New York,

and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Now imagine Main Street  and Madison Street, pictured below, filled with color as in the photos above.

 I welcome your thoughts.

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23 responses to “The Color of Flags

  1. Mohammad Razzak

    Mr. Mayor, it is a great idea. I can’t wait to imagine that the whole Lansdale downtown picture will be changed.

  2. Michael George-Reichley

    Mayor Andy, fantastic idea. The flags will add a tremendous visual appeal to the downtown strip, while honoring our community’s heritage.

  3. Wonderful thought, Mr. Mayor. I see the making of ‘United Borough of Lansdale”.

  4. Mr. Mayor. YOU are an idea man. Well done sir.

  5. Mr Mayor: This is a very thought out idea and will allow all nationalities to be represented. Thank you.

  6. I love the idea of recognizing our comunities diversity on Main st. Maybe this could also help to better incorporate our immigrant communities in other activities on Main St, like first Friday!

  7. Mr. Mayor, regardless of how inexpensive you think it will be, this vision of yours will be 100% privately funded, correct? Also, question for the Bangledeshi’s: Do public offices in Bangledesh fly the American flag on our Independence Day for the American citizens living in Bangledesh?

    • Dear RickG,

      Thank you for taking the time to respond to my blog. The answer to your first question would be yes, the purchase of the flags and brackets to mount them would come from the organization or group desiring to put up their flag. There would be, however, be an indirect expense in the time and effort that the Public Works Department would need to put up the brackets and flags. In order to answer to your second question, I will call the Bangladeshi Embassy and ask if there is a policy. And as we are a nation of immigrants, I thought representing all nations on Main Street would highlight our immigrant past, and as I mentioned in my blog, no flag would be larger or fly higher than the Stars and Stripes. This is the beauty of America; we recognize our heritage but embrace and hold inviolate the values set forth by our Forefathers in the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Once I hear from the Bangladeshi Embassy, I will let you know. Thank you again for your concern for Lansdale.

      • Thank you for your response, Mr. Mayor. Please do not waste your time calling the Bangladeshi Embassy on my behalf as my quesiton was rhetorical in nature. Thank you.

  8. looks pretty there are bigger problems in the world people then what flags we need to put up in Lansdale really?? u dont loose ur heritage regardless of what flag u put up or dont its not that deep!

  9. Great idea Andy, it will bring such beautiful color to our downtown, most communities put uniform banners from the light post, this will say all are welcome here.

  10. I THINK IT WOULD LOOK NICE AT THE EXPENCE OF THE GROUP AND NOT THE BOROUGH. I AM IN PHILA. ALOT AND THE PARKWAY LOOKS NICE. NO PARKS THOUGH,ESPECIALLY OUR MEMORIAL PARK. THAT WOULD BE A SLAP IN OUR VETERANS FACE.THESE MEN AND WOMEN FOUHT FOR OUR FREEDOM AND NOW YOURS.SO ONLY THE AMERICAN FLAG IN PARKS. HOW ABOUT RAILROAD AVE? THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO REALIZE IT IS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY CAME HERE FOR A BETTER LIFE SO LIVE THE AMERCANS. THE USA`S THAKSGIVING IS IN NOVEMBER. CELEBRATE YOURS IN YOUR OWN HOME.

  11. FRANCIS JEYARAJ MD

    GREAT IDEA,MR.MAYOR.THIS WILL COMPLEMENT THE INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL WHICH HAS BECOME A LANSDALE TRADITION FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS IN APRIL.WE ARE INDEED A GREAT AND TOLERANT NATION SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER NATIONS.
    DR.JEYARAJ

  12. HERE NARE SOME FLAG PROTOCOL FROM WIKI

    Is raising another nation’s flag in the United states illegal?
    No.
    There is a great deal of protocol involved in the proper display of national flags. A general rule is that the national flag should be flown in the position of honor, and not in an inferior position to any other flag (although some countries make an exception for royal standards). The following rules are typical of the conventions when flags are flown on land.

    When a national flag is displayed together with any other flags, it must be hoisted first and lowered last.
    When a national flag is displayed together with the national flags of other countries, all the flags should be of approximately equal size and must be flown at an equal height, although the national flag of the host country should be flown in the position of honour (in the center of an odd number of flagstaffs or at the far right — left from an observer’s point of view — of an even number of flagstaffs).
    When a national flag is displayed together with flags other than national flags, it should be flown on a separate flagstaff, either higher or in the position of honor.
    When a national flag is displayed together with any other flags on the same flagstaff, it must be at the top, though separate flagstaffs are preferable.
    When a national flag is displayed together with any other flag on crossed staffs, the national flag must be on the observer’s left and its staff must be in front of the staff of the other flag.
    When a national flag is displayed together with another flag or flags in procession, the national flag must be on the marching right. If there is a row of flags, it should be in the position of honor.
    When a national flag, with some exceptions, is flown upside down it indicates distress. This however is merely tradition. It is not a recognised distress signal according the International regulations for preventing collisions at sea. Further, a nation’s flag is commonly flown inverted as a sign of protest or contempt against the country concerned. As of now, only the Philippine Flag recognizes the distress symbolism of the reverse flag.
    Source(s):
    wiki

  13. What a great idea and one that truly shows it is people from all over the world that make up who we are.

  14. Mohammad Razzak

    Mr. Mayor, the idea needs to be implemented. Our supports are with you.

  15. I want to see the red, white and blue of the flag of the United States of America flying on the lamp posts of Maine St., Lansdale. If you want more color add the 50 state flags. I’ll be honored to pay for the Massachusetts flag. This is the USA and there is only one national flag that should be flown.

  16. Its a wonderful thought, I like it.

  17. If flags are good for New York and Philly, I think they’d make a nice addition to Lansdale’s Main. World flags are so esthetically beautiful and none more than our U.S. flag. We have always been a nation of immigrants, our American experience is a distillation of our immigrant past and a reflection of our American future. The U.S. flag will always fly high, but much more beautiful when adorned by flags of other nations.
    We salute the flag and the Mayor’s vision for a more beautiful downtown Lansdale.

  18. Mayor Andy, I think this is an excellent way of celebrating the many cultures that have contributed to and continue to enrich the United States of America. A colorful collection of the flags of many nations would detract in no way from the US flag nor our own beloved country. And there is no financial downside! The respective groups would pay for the flag and the “indirect costs” for hanging the flags would be minimal. This is a brilliant idea! Well Done Once Again!

  19. It is a fantastic idea. This encourages multi-culturalism and development of understanding each other. Grade school students will be exposed to these “national” symbols and if teachers encourage them to write “joint” class reports will be a great addition to the curricula.

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