The United States flag can be a controversial subject. But to many, veterans in particular, it means so much more than just a flag. It represents a country – and not just any country. It’s the country for which many were prepared to lay down their lives. So when someone disrespects the flag, whether intentional or not, it’s a subject to be addressed.
Such was the case last month in the lead up to Fourth of July celebrations. Local veteran John Alderman noticed that the Fourth of July display at a local Walmart didn’t follow the correct format and he wasted no time in letting them know.
“What is wrong with this picture?” he posted on Facebook after seeing the display, going on to note that the flags were facing the wrong way. “They are also wrong in the big aisle before the registers. However, they finally have the ones up on the wall at the front of the store correct.”
Alderman said he had addressed the issue with the on site manager, who did agree with him. Alderman cited No. 8 in the US Flag code.
No. 8 US Flag Code
No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the
flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, state flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
(a) The flag should never be displayed with union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
(b)The flag should never touch anything beneath it,such as the ground ,the floor, water, or merchandise
The American Legion has a whole section that addresses the flag, what it means and how it should be treated. Click or tap on this link for a complete lesson of the US Flag, what it means, how it should be displayed, how it should be flown, and how it should be honorable retired once it becomes faded and worn.
July Fourth is a time to remember just what the flag represents, especially to members of the military.
Happy July Fourth!