No disrespect meant in patriotic displays

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

The patriotic revival sweeping the nation since Sept. 11 has resulted in a lot of flag waving. And discussion about the proper way to display the flag.

Type in "flag etiquette" on the Internet and you're likely to be amazed at the number of rules and regulations that surface. Old Glory even has its own public law -- the flag code -- which outlines its correct use and display for all occasions.

As Americans look for ways to show their unity and their love for country during this time of crisis -- and flying the flag is one way to do that -- we would hope that those who want it to be done the "right" way would not overlook the intent of the spontaneous patriotic displays that may not follow the letter of the law. No offense to flag, country or veterans is intended; in fact, just the opposite is true. These patriotic displays are meant to honor all we hold dear about the nation.

Patriotism, like beauty, comes in many forms and is in the eye of the beholder. The differences in patriotic expression highlight the essence of what the flag represents -- freedom.

What the flag stands for is far more important than how it is displayed. No disrespect intended.

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