Patt McCaffrey: Flag etiquette
October 12, 2011
To the editor:
We are a month away from celebrating and honoring our veterans and now's a good time for a reminder about making sure flags flying are in good condition.
Remembering and honoring those who have served and continue to serve our country and protect our rights means making sure the flags are flown in a manner of respect and honor of our veterans and our country.
An interesting tidbit regarding the flag:
The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. This tradition comes from the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, where countries were asked to dip their flag to King Edward VII. The American team flag bearer, Ralph Rose, refused in support of an Irish boycott over Great Britain's refusal to grant Irish independence, and teammate Martin Sheridan is often quoted as famously proclaiming "this flag dips before no earthly king."
If you have questions or concerns, please review the U.S. flag guidelines at http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm.
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