You know we have a flag. It's a beautiful flag. But did you know we have a Flag Code?

We do. 

Here are some excerpts from the Flag Code considering apparel:

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. 

(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.

(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

Before you go out to celebrate Independence Day in all its fireworks and swirling patriotism, consider what you're wearing.

Red, white, and blue tie-dyed shirt? Cute. Your swim trunks that resemble the American flag? Disrespectful. 

I know, I know, I'm old fashioned. Some may even argue that I'm taking it too far. Some may even say, "But, it's patriotic."

Consider this: men and women died defending your right to wear those "cute shorts" you bought with the flag on the back pockets. They died so you can sit on the flag, "... a living thing." Think about that.

Listen to this, and this, and this, and think about what the flag represents.

Please don't wear my flag.

 

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Published by Kalico Casady