I saw this story and had to pause. In this new day of flag flying patriotism, it’s hard to make an issue with someone wanting to display the American flag, but I wish they would show enough care and wisdom to want it displayed properly.
A giant American flag the size of a football field is nothing new, but I’ll take this opportunity to share a lesson from the U.S. Flag Code, as it speaks to this display.
The football stadium was host to a giant American flag that goes from goal line to goal line and is 50 yards wide.
Section 8 of the U.S. Flag Code is titled Respect for Flag. Section 8(c) states
(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
Out of respect for the American flag, we are never to carry it flat or horizontally, period. It is clear from this text—this particular flag display will always be in direct violation of the Flag Code.
It’s a shame that in trying to show their pride in the U.S. (without verifying the proper display and respect for the flag) they disrespected the VERY symbol of our country they decided to use.
What’s next? The Bald Eagle?