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Dispose of flag in proper manner

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The Boy Scouts of America and the American Legion burn thousands of flags each year. This is because that is the proper way to dispose of a flag no longer fit to fly. I am sure you have seen such a flag, one that is torn, one that is faded, one that has touched the ground.

"The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." This is a quote from the United States flag code. The attempt to ban flag burning is an assault on free speech. It is a measure more suited to an oppressive totalitarian regime than for a nation that prides itself on freedom and the ability to voice dissent. If we as a nation are so upset about the way the flag is treated, then let us start showing it respect on a daily basis. Let us retire a worn flag, a torn flag, a faded flag.

Do not display the flag in a manner in which it can be easily damaged, such as on the roof of a speeding car. Do not fly it unlit at night, do not fly it in the rain. Educate your fellow citizens. Speak with your neighbors. Begin a dialogue. Finally, please remember that "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

Colin L. Riley

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