The American flag is a symbol of everything our great nation holds dear. The red, white, and blue stands as a testament to the shared belief in freedom and liberty for all that built our country. When it comes to showing this important symbol the respect it rightfully deserves, there are a few things to know regarding flag code violations. Let's take a look at the top 5 violations you should try to avoid.
1. The flag should not touch the ground
The American flag is an important symbol of the sacrifices made by our soldiers in pursuit of freedom. When you let the flag touch the ground, you are disrespecting all those who have fought and died serving this cause and their nation. You also disrespect the values of the country by this act of disrespect. The flag code states the flag should never touch the ground under any circumstances.
2. The flag should never be stepped on
The flag code also states that the flag should never be stepped on. When you step on the flag, it is a grave disrespect to your country, and what it stands for in terms of its values. The flag has been stepped on and treated with disrespect during protests which is a direct violation of the flag code in general which instructs us to treat the flag with respect and care.
3. Do not burn the flag
One of the most commonly misunderstood flag code violations is about burning it. This is because people think you are never supposed to burn the flag under any circumstances, however, this part of the flag code isn't as black and white as many people think. In fact, the flag code states that the proper way of retiring a flag is to burn it in an official retirement ceremony. The other reason people confuse the matter of burning the flag is because it is often burned in protests. There is nothing in the flag code that says you can't burn the flag for reasons of protest and this display, though deemed disgraceful by most citizens, is protected under the powers of Freedom of Speech.
4. Do not wear a real flag as clothing
Other than burning flags, this is the most misunderstood of the common flag code violations. The flag code states you should not wear the flag as clothing or costume. Many people confuse this matter because they take it to mean any replica or emblem of the flag, but the code is stating a real American flag should not be altered into clothing. There is nothing wrong with wearing a shirt or swim trunks with the American flag on them provided the material was never a real American flag.
5. Never fly a torn or dirty flag
The flag should always be flown in a pristine condition. If it's dirty, the flag code regulates you should clean it. If it's torn or tattered, flag code wants you to retire it by burning, and replace it with a new flag in proper condition.