Editor, The Beacon:

The letter in the Nov. 4-10 Beacon by Russ White was spot-on. Display of our national flag should always be done with respect. The law requires illuminating it at night.

I have been more distressed, however, by the flags I see that are flown long after they have become little more than rags. The owners of those banners may think they are expressing patriotism by flying the flag until it falls apart. That’s not patriotism. It’s thoughtless neglect. I can’t cite the law on respectful retirement of worn-out flags, but I know there is a law.

Flying a deteriorated flag need not be a matter of law, however. It’s a matter of good taste and respect for the flag.

Tom Armistead



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