While walking my dogs a few weeks ago, I looked up at a large bird circling overhead and for the first time in a while noticed the American flag hanging on the high pole in front of a local mill. The mill has closed and the flag was obviously forgotten long before the recent closure. What makes this flag noteworthy is that its grand flapping-in-the-wind days are long gone. It barely stirred in the breeze; it just hung there – dirty, limp and tattered.
Betsy Ross would turn over in her grave!
Seriously, this is disrespectful of the flag, although not necessarily a deliberate disrespect. Section 8k of the Flag Code states, when the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Hopefully, I can finally manage to contact the mill owner and he will have the flag taken down, with due respect, and burned.
The American flag is symbolic of American freedom and sacrifice. Over the years, many have stood firm, fought and died to protect that freedom, and this is just as true today as it ever was.
One of the freedoms this flag represents is freedom of religion, something many countries do not have. The Voice of the Martyrs is only one of many websites you can visit to learn about the persecution of Christians throughout the world.
Fly the American flag with respect and thank God for the freedom to worship in American without fear of persecution.