Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 121 - Old Glory

Ripped US Flag
I have a neighbor that flies the flag of the United States outside of his house.  I love Old Glory but I can't stand when someone doesn't display the flag with respect and honor that it deserves.  Their flag is torn and worn and is always out in inclement weather.  It is not lit with a light at night as the code of the US flag dictates.  Specifically the words:
  • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed
  • The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.  
 I've thought the right way to tell my neighbor how disturbing it is to ride by his house daily and see this atrocity.  If you fly the flag the right thing to do is at least adhere to its protocol for doing so put out by the United States Congress.  That is respect.  You can find these codes at: The US Senate's website by clicking here.

    I don't even mind the pink Pepto Bismal  color of the house but the flag has got to be displayed in a more honorable way.  When I first started officiating I noticed that some gyms were not displaying their flag properly with the union to the our left.  I was on the Suggestion Council for the city newspaper and asked if a story could be done about this.  Out of 16 gyms, there were two flags that were rehung correctly and four flags that were replaced due to old age as a result of my inquiry and subsequent story by a local reporter.  That was a good day.

    I've sang my share of National Anthems as a basketball official. We take pride before every game standing with our hand over our hearts and singing along with the National Anthem.  We sometimes stand in an at-ease position with our hands clasped together behind our backs as we did when we were players.  Its an honor to be able to be a part of this ceremony before every game.  Sometimes we see spectators sitting during the singing of this great song, some talking on their cell phones, some wearing their hats, and some young students laughing and carrying on with total disregard for this part of the pregame.  The right thing to do is take pride as an American, stand up, put your hand on your heart, remove your hat and sing along.  As you do it, remember why you are ABLE to do it, because of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have died in our military fighting for this right for you and many other citizens of OTHER countries who don't have this right.

    Without this honorable commemoration by EVERY SINGLE participant in a sports event, they have died in vain. Just ask yourself next time you're at an event where you are asked to stand for the playing of the National Anthem, are you exhibiting behavior that a military enlisted member or a retired veteran would be proud to watch you display.  Would you want them to see a video of your behavior or a photo of you wearing a hat during the National Anthem?  Please don't make them disgusted to know they fought for you to be so repugnant. It may be your right but it was their life they gave for your right.   That deserves better respect than what I've seen many spectators and neighbors give during the singing of our National Anthem.

    I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.  ~Abraham Lincoln

    *Footnote: The day after I took these photos the flag came down after a nine months of this improper display of the flag.  Video and photos don't lie! I just hope they burn it, but they may not know that either.

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    1. Update: They are flying a brand new flag! Kudos to them for doing the right thing! I think they saw me taking photos ~ a just means to a great end.