Respect the flag

| October 21, 2020 12:55 AM

I am a Democrat, proudly exhibiting support by displaying politician banners. A large Bullock for Senate banner was stolen from our property. While replacing signs, a young man stopped, he identified himself as someone who did not agree with my opinion, but distained anyone violating that right of opinion. He had witnessed “two young punks” ripping off our banner. He gave chase getting pictures of a silver- grey four- door sedan and scaring the bee-jeepers out of the young punks. While I may disagree with his political opinions, I fully commend his integrity, in this time of polarization — thank you!

Over the last year I have witnessed many questionable uses of our United States flag. The United States flag, its history, the pledge of allegiance, and how to display is

identified by our Veterans of Foreign Wars and public law 94-344. The etiquette of use for our

Flag includes:

• Display the flag sunrise to sunset, if displayed for 24 hours that the flag is properly illuminated.

· When displayed on a vehicle it should be so suspended that its folds fall free; it should not be draped over the hood, tops, sides, or back of a vehicle.

• The Flag should never be used for advertising purposes of 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.

Please, you folks that run around with emblazoned tee shirts, hats and soiled flags in the backs of pickups- show some respect for others that have served, engaged and really listened to the truth of individuals wishing to be our representatives in our Democracy.

Gordon Ash

Kalispell