Re: Flag Retirement #2
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 08:12:54 -0600
At 12:56 PM 8/19/96 -0400, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
>I've put on abestos skimpies, so I guess I'm prepared Soooo
>I'd sooner someone just put the thing in the dumpster than keep on flying
>a faded, tattered flag just because they didn't know what to do with it.
>A local bank has been flying a flag that looks to be at least 5' on the
>short side for years. When last I noticed it, the blue field had faded
>to babyblue, the red stripes were pastel pink, and the white wasn't.
>Meanwhile the free end had frayed and ravelled about halfway back to the
>Quitely taking it down one night and dropping it into a shopping bag and
>putting it in the dumpster would show _at least_ as much respect. IMHO.
I have to agree and disagree with you, Cheryl. It drives me NUTS when I see
faded and/or torn flags flying. A local Cheese Factory (yes, this is
Wisconsin folks) Put up a nice new flag pole a few years back, complete with
a nice new flag...which flew day and night for about a year and a half. When
it got bad enough, I stopped in, gave the owner my business card with my
home phone and Scouting information written on the back, and told him,
politely, that our Scouts would be happy to take his old flag with us to the
annual Flag Day retirement ceremony whenever he decided to replace it (I
also bought some cheese, which I'm sure didn't hurt). The next day the faded
flag was gone and a few days later a brand new one took its place. He never
called me to come pick up the old one.
I have also sent letters to private residences who fly worn flags, I just
stop and write down the address. The lettter is addressed to "Dear
Homeowner" and simply makes the offer to pick up and properly dispose of any
worn, torn or faded U.S. Flags they may have. I've had a couple people take
me up on the offer. I put on my uniform and have my son accompany me, also
in uniform. These people expressed that they were aware of their flags
condition, but were unsure of what to do with it.
In the case of your bank, Cheryl, make a comment to the bank president. If
you don't bank there, stop in or write them a memo stating that you may have
considered doing business with them, had they not, in your opinion, shown
such disrepect for the flag. If you do bank there, suggest that you are
considering moving your business elsewhere. And yes, I would change banks
over a "little" thing like that.
Jim Peterson /\
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