|Ripped US Flag|
- 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 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.
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.