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Flag of honor

BILL JAMESON

Williamsport

Recently, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a “Flag Of Honor” dedication ceremony. The “Flag Of Honor” is an American flag with the names of those who perished in the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks embedded in the flag’s 13 red and white stripes.

Federal laws pertaining to displaying and respecting the American flag have been codified into the United States Code under Title 4 (known collectively as the United States Flag Code).

One such law, 4 U.S.C. 8(g) under Respect For Flag states the following: “The flag should never have place upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.”

Isn’t it ironic that the American flag has been disrespected in order to show respect for the 9-11-2001 victims? Isn’t it also ironic that the Sheriff’s Office, dedicated to upholding the laws of the land, would host a ceremony honoring an inappropriately designed American flag?

Look, we all understand the sentiment involved and the fact that the flag company responsible for designing the “Flag Of Honor” has capitalized on an unforgettable American tragedy that tugs at our heart strings.

Apparently, the Clinton County Sheriff had an opportunity to choose an unembellished American flag. Was he, and those in attendance, just unaware of federal law 4 U.S.C. 8(g), or did they just chose to ignore this particular statute of the United States Code?

Let your own conscience be your guide when it comes to displaying and respecting Old Glory.

Be informed and guided by the U.S. Flag Code.

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