2009.02.11 Sandy Rice: Upside down flag

Written by David Green.

This letter is in reference to a few citizens who believe it is O.K. to fly our flag upside down in Fayette, where I reside.

Perhaps those wishing to fly our flag upside down need to obtain a copy of the United States Flag Code where it states when and only when to fly a flag upside down. And, trust me, none of the reasons are to protest an issue whatsoever. People use protests such as taxes, economy, the president, war, schools and many others to show protest when in reality they are only showing true disrespect and unpatriotism toward the United States flag.

I may add 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. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

In this country we have the right to protest. We can disagree in many ways, but protesting in the way in which this was done by our Mayor Pro Tem and those who side with him in doing so, is nothing but pure disrespect to our flag. Write letters, send emails, attend meetings...that’s what real protesters do.

I am a very proud Army mother. My son is currently serving in the military and has also been to Iraq for 24 months and is doing a 15-month deployment now in Afghanistan. You are showing contempt for a symbol I hold very dear to my heart, and that, Mr. Mayor Pro Tem, is disrespectful.

Fly your American flag with respect to our country and those present and past who sacrificed their lives for you and your family. Read up on the United States Flag Code and learn to protest in ways protected by the United States Constitution. After you do this, then, and only then, will I respect you.

– Sandy Rice

East Main St., Fayette

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