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FLAG: Dishonor done to Old Glory

Letter by Jess Torres, Fircrest on June 1, 2011 at 8:14 am | 66 Comments »
June 1, 2011 8:39 am
People gather for a ceremony to unveil a steel beam which arrived at Gig Harbor Monday afternoon May 30, 2011. Four Gig Harbor firefighters took personal time and used donations and their own money to drive the artifact from New York.(Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

Re: “Steel beam from 9/11 arrives in Gig Harbor” (TNT, 5-31).

While intended to be celebratory in nature, this article has made my blood boil. I refer to the shameful dishonor to our nation’s flag.

As a 20-year retired combat veteran, I must once again stand up for my country from those that in my opinion do it wrong. The picture of our nation’s flag covering a piece of steel shows three separate violations of our nation’s flag code.

First, the flag of the United States represents a living country and in itself is considered a living thing. It is not a covering (except for the covering of casket for our deceased military men and women.

Secondly, the flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground. In the picture, the flag is touching both the ground and the steel beneath it. Plus there is rope touching the flag securing the flag to the steel – clearly another violation.

Lastly, the flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, packaging, carrying of delivering anything. The article clearly states that the flag was used in delivering the steel to its location.

I would ask everyone to please take the time to research how to properly use and honor our nation’s flag. To do otherwise is a dishonor and insult to everything this nations stands for.

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