OK, this is for all those self-righteous, flag-waving, patriots.

Which flags are correctly depicted and why, haven't you complained about them or  others?

Put your cursor on the pictures. What constitutes "abuse" of the American flag?


This first flag below is one of two on display at American Legion Post 43 in Jackson, WY since 2008 & they are still on display.
  They have the names of the emergency workers that died trying to rescue people on 9/11, printed on them.

   However, according to the U.S. Flag Code: "Section 8: Respect for Flag
(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
Are the officers of this Legion post guilty of violating the Code?

And, a number of years ago I came up with an idea to put a deposit box in front of the post so locals could give us their dirty/tattered/etc. flags for disposal via a dignified ceremony on Flag Day.
I no longer put out press releases for the post about this as the commander has never conducted a ceremony for the hundreds of flags that have been turned in to the post.
All those flags, literally hundreds of them, have just, disappeared.  

Post 43 on N. Cache St., Jackson, WY since some time in 2008.

The next flag, flies at the Napili Kai Beach Resort on the grounds of their Sea House restaurant on Maui, Hawai`i, with their explanation of why it's flying correctly which is posted in their lobby.  I advised their staff (Mr. Gregg Nelson, who said they'd be rearranging them shortly, but I never heard back that they were rearranged.) of the U.S. Flag Code contradiction asking their response as to whether they'd change it or not, on 2/19/09 (image date), so far, no response.  The flag currently at the highest position, is that of the Napili Kai Resort.  Just below the U.S. flag shown on the gaff, is the Canadian flag & the Hawaiian state flag.  While I'm sure they mean well & are/were trying to do the right thing, we'll see if it stays in this position in the future.

Per "Section 7, Position and Manner of Display
c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations."

Napili Kai, Maui, Hawai`i Resort flag, flying above the U.S. flag. Feb. 2009. Explanation of why U.S. flag flies below another.  Correct???

                                                                                                              ("picture above" not shown)  And, if the gaff "is the place of honor," why is there a point on the pole, above the gaff at all?

What about totebags?Or belt buckles? Patriotic car?

Religious crosses?Doggie bandana?  On suspenders?Dolly?

At Paul's Palace?  Jesus, a flag? Patriot's parade car? In god we trust?  Which god is that? A ring?

 An old woman's jacket?  A tanktop?   Dress?   This bikini?
Or this vest?  Or this vest?  This guy's shirt, better than the above girl's dress?

 Or this religious pin?Perhaps an innocent toy?Windsock?

What about, this bandana, OK?A concrete form that imprints on wet cement to be painted later?Perhaps a garage door screen?  Or this throw?

 Or, regular sock? Violin cases?  Patriotic music?  Hey Poncho?


Katy Perry, performing at the VH1 Salutes the Troops event, on 12/5/10 at MCAS Miramar!  Is this a flag code violation not noticed by the base's Marine Corps  leadership?  And, she arrived on a flag "parachute."   This patriot's? Dufus guitar?  Toby Keith  Or this dufus?  

Dufus?  Kid Rock  Or is this where it belongs?  Dufus?  He isn't known for being too bright.  Hey, gotta have one of these?

How about the sleeve of a uniform, or one flying in front of an eatery, or on the tail of a F-14, or on Mt. Suribachi?

Which ones are OK to burn or spit on, to salute or carry in a parade, to sing about or put on a casket?

The uses, or abuses, are as infinite as they are commercial and crass.

After you've seen all the above, look at these ladies from Maine honoring our service-members every week, not adhering to the Flag Code,
and tell me you'd tell them they're out of line doing what they do.  At the very least, the Code needs updating.

You make the call.

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