I remember the first time I noticed, and it upset me. I wasn’t sure why at first because what this person was doing was initially kind of funny. The most obvious was the oversized United States Flag which was probably a casket flag on a pole. As he swung it around it barely missed the ground. Then was the shocker. He was going to run this Half Marathon carrying the colors and was wearing what looked like “board shorts” made of material them look like a flag. And then it happened. This person who was obviously proud of his sat down and more than half of the carried flag lay on the ground.
For anyone who knows, the Flag of the USA is never to touch the ground. If it does it is supposed to be disposed of, preferably by burning in a respectful ceremony. I just had to. I went to the young man and introduced myself and my prior service (Sgt. Donald Proctor, US Army, 1974-1978) and asked him if he was proud of those colors. He stood up, placing his hand on the flag to push himself off the ground. Even standing a good two foot of flag was laying on the ground.
He smiled and I sure am. He continued with telling me how proud he was to be an American and how much he detested those who disrespected “Old Glory”. I explained to him that he had already disrespected the flag that many had served to protect and many had died in that service and letting it touch the ground without thought was against the US Flag Code. Then I pointed to his shorts and in a very serious tone said that if he was actually proud of those colors, he would not use it to wrap his “balls” in. (Sorry but it is what I said)
Since then, I have noticed something like this happening much more than I like. Bathing Suits, Shirts, socks, mounted to Pick-up trucks doing 70mph down the highway, and since the pandemic, masks.
What’s wrong with wearing the flag? Other than it directly going against the Flag Code:
U.S. Code § 8. Respect for flag
U.S. 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
(a)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.
(b)The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
(c)The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
(d)The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
(e)The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
(f)The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
(g)The flag should never have placed 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.
(h)The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
(i)The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
(j)No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
(k)The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
But it is obvious showing disrespect. Anytime you wear the Flag you get body oils all over it. Needless to say what happens when worn as shorts or a swimsuit. When worn as a hat you sweat all over it. When worn as socks you hide in in shoes. When worn as a mask you spit on it and blow snot continuously! Enough is Enough, I have to speak out.
Not only am I showing my opinion on these acts of disrespects I have designed a Tee-shirt that expresses my thought. This is what it looks like:
If you agree with this sentiment you can get one of these Tee-shirts at my store. Just click this link. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Freedom Service Dogscharity. Click on the link to see their website and the great job they are doing with “Service Dogs” for veterans.
My expression will also be on Youtube and Instagram for you to share with friends.
Finally, I understand that in 1989 with Texas vr. Johnson the Supreme Court ruled that the Flag Code was unconstitutional on the grounds of Freedom of Speech.
And, for those who are protesting by acting against the flag I understand and actually served for that freedom. My main protest is to those who disrespect it while think they are showing their pride.