If you didn't already know this, I was a United States Marine. I served 8 years on active duty. During that time I developed a great passion for our flag. I guess it comes with the title Marine. We are taught how to handle the flag and protect everything it stands for.
After 9/11 everyone was displaying their flag. I wondered to myself if everyone knew the rules for the flag. How to put it up and take it down and store it. I wondered if they knew that it had to be lit at night or taken down at sunset. I saw flags displayed that were torn from weather. It honestly hurt me to see it.
Now for the rant.
I love the Olympics. I hate. Absolutely HATE, they way our flag is treated during the Olympics.
Here are a few of the regulations as found in Section 8: Respect for the Flag
CRS Report for Congress
The United States Flag:
Federal Law Relating to Display and other associated questions.
-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.-The flag should never be used as wearing apparel...
-No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.
As I watch the Olympics, I cringe every time a flag is thrown from the stands to an athlete so they can drape it around their body like a cape as they take a victory lap or wave wildly to the crowd.
Don't get me wrong...I know they are proud of their country and proud of their achievements for our country, I'm proud of them too, but this is getting out of hand.
People have died for that flag. People have put their lives at risk to raise that flag proudly!
Take the flag raising on Iwo Jima for instance.
This photo was taken in 1945 as 5 Marines and a Navy corpsman raised the flag on top of Mt. Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima.
These are real people putting their lives at risk to raise our flag!
Please treat our flag with respect. Don't wear it, throw it, write on it, crumple it up or use it as a blanket.