Thursday, September 27, 2001

I was driving along to work this morning when I noticed an odd site. A garbage truck with a huge American flag hanging off the back. It was a cloth flag and as dirty as you might expect a flag hanging on the back of a garbage truck to be. It just struck me as especially odd. I'm all in favor of the flag waving that's going on...more power too ya'll. I don't think ya have to be a flag waver to be patriotic at all, but that's just me.

I do know, however, that there are "proper" ways to display the flag. Recently, for instance, I learned that if the flag is to be flown at half staff and you have a flag that is stationary on a pole, you're to tie black ribbons to the top and bottom of the pole along side the flag, or top the flag pole with a black ribbon. I hadn't heard of that until last week. I did know, however, that the flag is never to be touching the ground as it would be a sign of disrespect. (Ya gotta know that millions of flags hit the ground over the past 200+ years and we're still in business, so ya gotta know there isn't any long term damage being done if the flag were to hit the dirt.) With all of that propriety that is afforded the flag, what are the rules with regards to flying it on the back of a garbage truck? My instincts say that it's wrong. But who am I to say that the garbage hauler's patriotism isn't proper??