Our Nation’s Flag Deserves Respect

The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner. 
~Author Unknown

~reposted from last year since I think this is an important reminder~

Happy Independence Day, everyone! As we celebrate our freedom. Our freedom to say what we choose, our freedom

The flag does not belong on your boobs.

to decide what we want to do with our lives and our freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

And because I know a lot of posts are going to be about freedom, I want to write a post about the symbol of our freedom. The symbol of our country: The American Flag. This is a post that I wanted to write for Flag Day on June 14th, but I just didn’t.

Most of you know that there are rules regarding how the flag should be displayed, but did you know there are other rules regarding the flag as well? I think it is important for all citizens to know–and follow–the rules governing their flag. I see a lot of people disrespecting our flag and it makes my heart hurt. I think a lot of people take freedom for granted (not necessarily military folks… we know the sacrifices) and even more take the symbol of our freedom and country for granted.

Nor should your @ss rub on our flag.

And what, exactly is defined as a flag? It is a flag or anything “by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe to represent the flag.” So basically, if you see something and you think it’s meant to represent the flag, then that “thing” is considered a flag and is to be treated according to the Flag Code.

These rules are all covered under the Flag Code, but here are some highlights:

    • No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America.
    • The flag presents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.
    • The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
    • The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery (Editor’s note: yes, this means the flag bikinis and towels!). It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

And for the love of our country, please do not WALK on our flag!

    • The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes.
    • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed upon articles such as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes or anything to be discarded after temporary use.
    • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
    • The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.

So if you are proud to live in America, please please please don’t disrespect the symbol of our nation by using our flag
in any way other than flying it high and proud. And if you are NOT proud to live in America… well, please feel free to

You can show your patriotism with something like this. It's not a flag, but proudly displays our nation's colors.

move to Canada. Or North Korea.  Yeah, North Korea… see how you like a dictatorship and country that is based on a class system with no hope of bettering yourself.

And remember, if you don’t stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.

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11 thoughts on “Our Nation’s Flag Deserves Respect

  1. WELL SAID! Oh, how it drives me bananas to see things like this! We always joke about it being an overweight guy on the beach sporting the American Flag speedo we saw several years ago, but it is so mainstream now- what is wrong with people?

  2. Great post! I hope you don’t mind but I’d love to “reblog” this post, whatever that means. I assume it means that I can link to it or refer to it (if I can figure it out). 🙂

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  4. I agree with everything here, but what’s the word about those Old Navy and Bass Pro Shops $5 t-shirts with American flags on them? That seems to be a grey area…

  5. Patricia,

    According to the US Flag Code, flags are not to be used on apparel or advertisements. The only exception to this is a flag patch for military, police and fire personnel. So no, it’s not a grey area… they are against the flag code.

  6. I agree with you, but I really believe that (most) people wearing American Flag swimsuits/t-shirts/flip-flops, etc. are trying to be patriotic rather than disrespectful.

  7. I LOVE this post. I actually thought about doing a similar one, but it’s such a hot-topic, that I knew I wouldn’t come off very nice about it.
    I had a bit of a discussion on my Facebook page about the flag’s proper use, and my brother-in-law said it best when he said that once you see a flag drapped across a coffin, you realize that any other use would be beneath it.

  8. I completely agree with you! I’ve often scoffed at flag underwear. We really wear our nation’s flag as underwear!? It’s so wrong. Thank you for this post.

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