Re: Why burn a flag??????
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 18 Jun 1995 08:09:43 -0400
Sarah Jones from Oz was asking ...
Sarah, when the US flag becomes tattered, faded, and generally threadbare,
US Code (law) says it is to be destroyed, and not displayed in its tatty
Given that we Americans tend to put up a flag pole on any empty 2 sq
metres of space, or attach 'em to the front porch, there are on any given
day a largish number of tattered and ratty flags. No way in the world one
could simply pack them away for all eternity...any more than one could
keep, say, threadbare and hole-y bed sheets forever.
From the early days of the country, burning an unuseable flag has been
considered the "proper" way to dispose of it. Consider the alternatives:
pack it away or throw it in the garbage.
In the 1960s, a fair number of older folks took a while to catch on that
the demonstrators were using NEW flags to burn! <G>
I can see where other countries (those that have restrictions on who and
when the flag flies) might have trouble understanding the size of our problem.
Is this any clearer, or did I make it worse?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City