With the first official flag holiday approaching, it is time to take a look at the flags we own. The flags many of us hold dear should be inspected for cleanliness and damage. A dirty flag should be washed and ironed before being placed into use.
A damaged flag should be burned. The flag should be given to a local chapter of the VFW or Boy Scouts for a proper retirement ceremony where it is not shredded, not buried, but properly disposed of by fire.
I can hear the sputtering now. How dare I? My response is, “check with the local VFW.” I know my flag etiquette. It was something they used to teach in elementary school way back when they still did duck and cover drills for when the commies nuked us.
I want to cry at the disrespect shown by so-called patriots who just abuse the flag right and left in their right-wing zeal.
- Never fly a flag at night, unless it is well-lit.
- Never fly a flag during bad weather, even at half-mast.
- Never fly a torn or tattered flag.
- Never let the flag touch the ground.
And the biggest no-no,
- Never walk on the flag.