Re: American Flag
Kerry Sipe (sipe@INFI.NET)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 10:12:08 -0500
Penned by jim moran:
> Northwest Airlines displays the American flag on both sides at the front
> of their planes. On one side facing the plane, the blue field and stars
> are to your left. On the other side of the plane, the blue field and
> stars are to your right when facing the plane. Which is correct?
The situation you describe is also true on Trailways buses, 18-wheelers,
fire trucks and other vehicles. I don't have a copy of the Flag Code with
me, but there is a provision for posting flags on *moving* objects, which
provides that the union be on the leading edge, just as it would be if the
flag were being flown from a staff. Imagine those flags on the front bumpers
of the presidential limousine when the car is moving: From the left side of
the car the union would be on the left; from the right side the union would
be on the right.
Another flag puzzle: On Scout Sunday this year, our troop posted the
national flag at the front of the congregation on its own right, or to the
left of those seated in the pews. This is the way we've always done it.
After the service an ex-military man came up and complained that, because
the flag was not placed on the raised podium, rather placed on the same
level as the congregation, that it should have been on the other side --
that is to the right of the congregation. Now I'm confused. Any thoughts?
My personal view is that we sometimes, in wanting to be respectful to the
flag, we sometimes err on the side of silliness.
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