Tuesday, July 3, 2012
PSA: Don't Trash the Flag
I'll cut to the chase. Independence Day brings around my biggest pet peeve: Mistreatment of the American Flag.
My friends know me as the kind of guy who will walk into a business for the express purpose of informing them that the flag they are displaying needs replaced, as it's torn or faded. I work in lawn care right now, and whenever we mow a cemetery, I collect a pocketful of torn or faded mini flags. It's these mini flags that, for some reason, people think it's ok to leave laying on the ground during this holiday.
Please, do not turn the American Flag into litter.
If you drop one, pick it up. When you're done with it, dispose of it.
How to dispose of American Flags seems to be a source of anxiety for many people, as they have the vague sense that throwing it in the trash is wrong, but burning it also seems wrong. Well, burning the flag in a respectful manner is precisely the preferred manner of retiring unserviceable flags. It's quite simple, and only takes a few minutes. If you really don't feel comfortable retiring a flag this way yourself, any VFW post, Boy Scout troop or similar organization should be happy to take it off your hands.
Drive safe, be careful with fireworks, and enjoy your holiday.