Flags can be flown over U.S. Capitol as tribute, gift

Flags can be flown in someone’s honor at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.

The Red, White and Blue. The Star-Spangled Banner. Old Glory.

Most people recognize these references to the flag of the United States of America. The horizontal alternating red and white stripes. The 50 white stars on a square of blue in the flag’s upper left-hand corner.

Did you know that you can request a flag be flown in someone’s honor over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.?

You can. How is that possible?

The easiest way is to contact the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Florida’s Eighth Congressional District. While the orders can be made by phone, it is preferable and quicker to place an order using the online form on the website flagorder.house.gov/flagorder.aspx?ssdd=fl08

Once a request is made, “the flags are flown at the Congressman’s request, flown in honor of a loved one and flown directly over the Capitol,” said George Cecala, Rep. Posey’s communications director. “We love to have that service available for constituents, to have a special flag that is flown over our nation’s Capitol.”

Some reasons constituents request a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol Building include commemorating the memory of a U.S. veteran or loved one, or as a gift for a new home.

“We’ve had constituents request a flag in honor of a deceased loved one, or someone in the military. We are honored to do it.”

Flags made of cotton or nylon can be purchased in varying sizes, such as 3-by-5, 4-by-6 or 5-by-8. The cost for the flag, depending upon size and fabric, ranges from $11 to $32.

The order form has a text box where special instructions can be typed.

To serve constituents with this flag service, a number of American flags are flown over the Capitol Building at the same time. The flags are flown on a special flagpole erected especially for that purpose.

Cecala said that once an order is placed, it might take up to one month to receive the flag in the mail.

“Things are starting to open up now,” he said. “Our office has been open since last summer up here, but there have been some breaks, so that’s why we may be delayed.”

“We try to honor (requests) as quickly as possible,” he added.