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Review law on flying Old Glory | Letter

February 25, 2014 · 3:15 PM

I find it appalling, not to mention a violation of U.S. Code, that some businesses and residents in Oak Harbor consider it appropriate to fly their “12th Man” flags positioned above their American flags on their outdoor flag poles in the days leading up to and after this year’s Super Bowl.

As a football fan, I can understand the concept of flying your flag in support of your team. However, your team’s flag does not take precedence over our country’s flag. I find it unacceptably irresponsible that these Oak Harbor residents and businesses display this type of ignorance and disrespect to the proper etiquette associated with hoisting the American Flag at their homes and businesses.

I find this ignorance even more inexcusable in a military-supported town like Oak Harbor, at a business located less than 100 feet beyond the fence of a U.S. Navy installation. Residents and businesses who are willing to spend good money on a flag pole set-up, should be willing to look into, understand and practice the responsibilities associated with using it.

Best of luck to the Seattle Seahawks in their coming season, but hopefully this offseason will give the “12th Man” a little time to educate themselves. It is this type of ignorance and disrespect that continues to contribute to the terrible reputation that the Seahawks’ following is becoming so well known for.

The United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7 covers the position and manner of display for the United States Flag.

In instances like this one, when common sense does not prevail, the U.S. Code is easily accessible online to assist these personnel in finding the dignity and respect necessary to proudly hoist the stars and stripes in front of their homes and businesses.

Jeffrey Burkey

Oak Harbo


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