The Flag Does Not Belong In Your Closet

To the Readers’ Forum:

I take great pride in the flag of the United States and feel personally offended when the rules governing it are disrespected, then I see a picture like the one in The Post-Journal on March 24, page A7, showing a group of BPU persons wearing my country’s flag like blouses, with the Mayor of the City of Jamestown standing alongside with a smile for the camera.

Federal law, to this day, requires that the code of rules governing the flag be followed, but no penalty is given because it could violate an individual’s right to freedom of speech.

The fourth bullet of the US Flag code reads:

”The flag should not be used as ‘wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery,’ or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.”

It takes about two minutes to look up the rules for the flag, but I guess that no one in Jamestown does that any more.

I can only hope that people will once again learn and respect the rules governing the use of our flag.

C. Ralph Heeter