WWW (Wordless Wednesday with Words): Please take care of Old Glory

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If you leave a comment, Jim will visit your blog and leave a comment.Since my dad was in the Navy, I have a certain respect for the military, the United States of America, and the flat of the United States of America, also known as Old Glory.

There are protocols for not only displaying the Flag, but for when the Flag should not be displayed, and how to properly dispose of the Flag.

I previewed a property today that was owned by a Major General. Now one would think that a Major General would know everything there is to know about the Flag of the United States of America, and I won't fault him for proudly displaying the Flag 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therein lies the problem with this flag, though:

Damaged United States Flag

The Flag should never be allowed to deteriorate to this state. As "Dear Abby" said in a recent column (loosely quoted), "If you fly a flag in this condition, you are stating that you believe the United States of America is an old and tattered country, past its prime and usefulness." It is anything but.

Now I understand that the Major General here is probably retired, and probably can't get up to the top of his roof anymore to remove that flag and replace it. That's no excuse. Children, or high school or college students, would probably be proud to remove this flag and replace it for a few dollars. As Nike said, "Just do it!"

If you are not familiar with the protocols for displaying flags and retiring flags, check out the web site for the Flag Keepers. You can also anonymously report tattered flags.

Please take care of Old Glory. She deserves it, and after all, She takes care of you.

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Lynda Eisenmann
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Hi Jim,

Oh I'm with you when it comes to Old Glory. I've got a flag pole in my front yard, it's illuminated for night-time. I love it!

May 07, 2009 12:01 AM #1
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Sandy Childs
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Hey Jim: My Dad was also in the Navy and I too respect the flag. We had a military service for Daddy, when he died. They do a beautiful job folding the flag. It saddens me to see a flag trying to wave when it is old, faded and ragged.

I also love the picture of your kitty cat.

May 07, 2009 12:07 AM #2
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Mike & Sheryl Eddy
Coldwell Banker Island Properties - Wailea, HI
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Jim - Thanks for getting the word out. I don't know if you saw this post from earlier today:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1065059/wordless-wednesday-at-a-school-in-california

I really hope something gets done to correct it!

It looks like Zoey got a new blanket! - Mike

May 07, 2009 02:15 AM #3
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Michael Thornton
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
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Great point. I noticed that my flag is starting to show signs of wear and a replacement is on my list. I will burn (with respect) the old one... 

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

May 07, 2009 04:32 AM #4
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Janice Roosevelt
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Long may it wave in all forms of its glory!

May 07, 2009 05:47 AM #5
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Joseph D. Federico
Donahue Real Estate Co. - Dedham, MA
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Hey Jim, I would of tried to get some of the boy scouts in the area to help this man out and replace his flag for him. It would be great for the boy scouts and also the major general.

May 07, 2009 07:28 AM #6
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Morning Jim,

That's kinda sad for this old soldier, he truly might not be able....there could be many reasons.  I thought I read that their are organizations, like Joesph mentioned above, who will assist in maintaining the proper flag protocol.  I hope you help this veteran as obviously you care.

May 07, 2009 08:32 AM #7
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Matt Listro
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Hi Jim: Ouch that flag need a little TLC!

:)

May 07, 2009 09:38 AM #8
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Cheryl Powell
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There is a lot of misunderstanding, regarding proper protocol for displaying our nation's flag. Thanks for the reminder, the the advce.

May 07, 2009 10:03 AM #9
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Todd Clark
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I do think it is so sad when I see a flag in this condition and it makes me actually upset when I see it at a business. It tells me they originally put it there to try to drum up business and then just forgot about it after that.

 

 

May 07, 2009 01:05 PM #10
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William Feela
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Part of this countries problem is respect.  And it starts with the flag!

May 07, 2009 05:30 PM #11
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
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Jim - I couldn't agree with you more and please take care of Old Glory where ever you are flying her/ him!

And this is what Old Glory should look like, not torn, clean, bright and flown with (Honor)!

your friend Vegas Bob

photo by Robert Swetz

May 07, 2009 09:31 PM #12
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Jim, great post!  I couldn't agree more.  I have had to retire a flag on occasion it was a very solemn experience.  One that I am honored to have been able to do, but I still couldn't help think of all the brave men and women that fought and died so that I have the freedoms that I enjoy.  Once again, great post!

May 07, 2009 11:24 PM #13
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Jim & Maria Hart
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Hey, Jim. As a Marin Vet, I am glad that you have called attention to this poor flag. Lets hope he gets a new one very soon. Thanks, Jim

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May 08, 2009 09:54 AM #14
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
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Hey, Lynda.

We had a lighted flag pole in our yard when my dad was alive. I sometimes sat on the front porch after supper waiting for the light to come on.

May 08, 2009 11:11 PM #15
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John Combs
Alan Deblat Real Estate Corp. - Oceanside, NY

There are many local Veterans groups that will collect old worn flags for proper disposal. Please display  proudly.

May 20, 2009 06:43 AM #16
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Robert May
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I have a huge old American Flag that i have had packed away in a trunk for about 30 years.  Supposedly it was taken down from a famous landmark building which is why it was significant, however I have long since forgot what building it was. 

Jun 10, 2009 01:32 AM #17
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John Combs
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I completely agree with regards to flying and displaying the American Flag. In my area there are Veteran asssociations that  will collect and dispose of old flags.

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Just stopping by to make sure that we have all of the photographs from your older blog posts in our photograph collection.

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