The Flag Is More Than Just Fabric ~

I was surfing around the blogs and came upon this post from Eagles II:

USA – Don’t Tread on Me!

It starts out with video of Jim Broussard taking down the US flag which was flying underneath a Mexican flag at a bar in Reno, Nevada.

A lot of folks in the blogosphere have been discussing this and seem to be stuck on the “theft” part of it and not the “why”. And many don’t seem to know that flying another country’s flag above the US flag is illegal. (Another sad example of what is not being taught in our schools any more.)

Display of United States Flag with Flags of Other Nations or
of States
The Flag Code sets out rules for position and manner of display of the flag in
4 U.S.C. § 7. The question as to the propriety of flying the flag of another nation at an equal level with that of the flag of the U.S. is not clear from the face of the statute.
Section 7 contains two subsections on point and these provisions appear to becontradictory.

Subsection 7(c) states:
(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 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.

Subsection 7(g) states:
(g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, theyare to be flown
from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of
approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of
the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.
41
The wording of § 7(g) is identical to that of the original Flag Code enacted in 1942.42 The second sentence of § 7(c) prohibiting flying international flags equal in height to the flag of the United States was not in the original Flag Code. This provision was added in 1953.
43
The legislative history of this amendment clearly states that is purpose was to “make it an offense against the United States to display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal to, 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 possession or territory thereof,….”
44
The only exception recognized is at the headquarters of the United
Nations.

I, for one, am glad he did what he did. You see, for me our flag is more than just fabric. Every stripe, every star on our flag is symbolic of men and women who fought and died for this country and all the precious freedoms that are at it’s soul. To have someone from another country come here and even become a citizen and then fly their country of origin’s flag over their adopted country’s flag is so wrong, nevermind illegal. It is something to be defended ~ not just for the fabric it’s made of but for what it represents.

Mike Gallagher talks to vet who cut down Mexican flag

Go to Eagle II’s post and read about POW veterans written about there and what they felt about their flag.

Then think about those who so blithely burn the flag or even worse, right here in their country.

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Decency and respect seem to be going the way of common sense more and more in this country.

And don’t even get me started on that nonsense “dissent is patriotic”. It most certainly is not when done in such a manner.

WWII army rangers salute during a ceremony at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France on Sunday, June 6, 2004. Photo credit: Laura Rauch, AP

Tell it to them.

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October 9, 2007. Tags: , , , , , . POW/MIA, Veterans. Leave a comment.