Thursday, October 13, 2011

'Occupiers' don't respect our flag

Below is a screen shot of a story about the Occupy Wall Street protest. What struck me was the photo, by Spencer Platt (Getty Images), of one of the protesters sleeping and using the U.S. Flag as a blanket.


Obviously, this person was never taught - or has chosen to ignore - the proper etiquette for our flag. And other protestors either don't care or don't have the internal fortitude to correct the individual.

So little respect ...

5 comments:

Kadim said...

I've always read that section (8d) to imply that the flag should also not be worn (as in, it should not be sewn or colored into the fabric of clothing.)

A lot of people violate that rule.

Moreover, I feel that using really large flags at car dealers is using the flag as an advertising symbol, also a violation of the flag code.

Maggie Thurber said...

You are correct, Kadim, the flag should not be worn as a piece of clothing, though the code does allow for a flag patch.

The link gives all the regulations...

An American Patriot said...

I don't read section 8d in that manner,Kadim/Maggie. I read it as you shouldn't use the flag itself as a piece of clothing. Using the flag as a shirt pattern isn't the same as wearing the flag as a shirt.

Maggie Thurber said...

You raise a good point, Am. Patriot. Thanks!

Kadim said...

This particular link answers this quandary.

Flag code section 3 says that the flag is basically any representation of the flag. (The definition of it comes at the end of randomness that I usually skipped over so I never noticed it.)

So a strict interpretation of section 8d is indeed called for.

Actually, with that definition in mind, the flag code is a lot stricter than I had originally thought.

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