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There's a lot to learn about flag etiquette

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Much has been written about the importance of displaying the U.S. flag. I totally agree that it is of vital importance to honor and remember the sacrifices of our men and women who have served, and are serving, in all branches of the military, as well as other public servants such as policemen, firemen, and all others who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding our safety and freedom,

However, I cannot help noticing the condition of some flags that are displayed and the manner in which they are placed. Just a few examples include flags that are torn, dirty, and left out in all types of weather, including overnight when they are not lit.

I see flags that are displayed alongside corporate banners, instead of being flown higher than these others. I see the remains of flags that were attached to cars and in flower beds for Memorial Day and the 4th of July and then just left there until they rot.

I am particularly dismayed when I see how flags are placed at half mast. Instead of running them up to the top of the flagpole and then lowering them to a point 3/4 of the way up the pole, as I was taught was the proper protocol, I see them hanging at the midway point or even lower so that sometimes they are almost touching the ground. To me these conditions show a total lack of respect for our flag.

I was provided with this information during the years that I was active in Scouting, and also while I was in school. If this is not currently being done, I would strongly suggest that it be resumed as part of our children's and grandchildren's education. Perhaps the various veterans organizations could become involved in promoting this important activity.

Another suggestion would be that, "Rules For Displaying the Flag", would be included with all flags, flagpoles, brackets etc. that are offered for sale in all retail outlets as well as catalogs, and other advertising material.

Lyn J. Kearns

Arlington Heights

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