From the “If we knew better we’d do better” department.
I got a call from a longtime resident asking for an article on flag etiquette. Seems that he and his neighbor, a retired Marine (there are no “former” Marines – once a Marine, always a Marine) were lamenting the lack of respect show our flag around the neighborhood. I don’t think it is a lack of respect, for the most part, but rather a lack of knowledge on the part of those choosing to display the flag.
Here ae some of the “do’s and don’ts”;
The American flag has a blue field with 50 stars called the “Union.” The colors of the pales (the stripes) used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.
By the way, when you go to buy your new flag, make sure it was “Made in America!”
For more information on proper flag protocols, see http://www.usflag.org/