Resolved: Part 3 of 4

Series: New Year's Resolutions to care for the American Flag: Part 3 of 4

As we keep plodding through January, the struggle to honor our New Year's resolutions gets tougher and tougher. However, statistics say that 60% of us are still going strong. . . So hang in there and keep fighting the good fight!

No matter where you fall, you can stay within the successful percentile with number 3 in our 4-part series. . .

Resolution #3: Keep an eye on the flagpole halyard.

Again, this resolution is as easy as tying your shoe.

First, what is a flagpole halyard? Well, the word "halyard" is an old sailing term referring to the ropes used to manipulate the sails on a ship. It stems from the phrase, "to haul yards." For our purposes, the rope or line used to hoist and lower a flag is referred to as the halyard.

Flagpole halyards can be damaged in a variety of ways, so it's a good idea to keep an extra halyard on hand, and to check on it at regular intervals. As often as you can, checking your snap hooks would be ideal, but at least check your halyard every time you replace your flag. Once you develop the habit, you'll know its wear-rate better than anyone else. It's best to replace the halyard anytime there are obvious signs of wear.

Here's why:

Like flags, halyard damage occurs in innumerable ways. From getting caught on the flagpole or nearby obstructions, to being snagged by debris in windy weather, to general wear and tear from raising and lowering the flag or contact abrasion with snap hooks or the flagpole. The sun's ultraviolet rays will also weaken any halyard over time, as will the constant tugging and overload of your flag snapping in the wind - the larger the flag, the greater the pressure applied to the halyard. Extreme heat and cold are also contributors to halyard wear. The list goes on and on.

So check your halyard regularly, avoid the cost and inconvenience of a breakage, and chalk yourself up one kept resolution!

Do you have suggestions for American Flag resolutions this year? We'd love to share them! Contact us at – we would love to hear from you!

Have a great day from your friends at LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®.