Flown in disrespect


Last weekend, we showed respect for those that had lost there lives fighting in wars for the freedom that we have in this country.

We also honored those that have served their country in all brandes of service and are no longer with us. There were flags along streets and new flags along the graves of veterans in cemetery after cemetery. Memorial Services were held every where.

It is too bad that the flag of our country does not get the same respect that our fallen service members got last week.

As many of us departed the memorial services on our way home or to other places, we passed places where our flag was flown in disrespect.

They were worn, discolored, ripped and some touching the ground. Flags that are unserviceable should be retired with respect. American Legion Posts will have a dignified disposal of unserviceable flags ceremony.

Another thing you will see at times, is a business that has a number of flag poles that are the same height.

In this case the American Flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed.

Also when the flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall or on a house, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left as looking at it.

Next week Friday, June 14, is Flag Day.

We can show as much respect for our flag, as we did for our fallen on Memorial Day, by replacing unserviceable flags and flying the new flags in the proper way.

Gene Tessmann

Pembine, Wis