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How to Display the American Flag

I’m not overly-zealous when it comes to patriotism. I wasn’t even a Boy Scout. (Though I am a hard-core fan of the musical 1776 and Jimmy Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy.) There is one thing, however, that the pedant in me abhors: an incorrectly-displayed American flag. We went to the pool today, and I saw, hanging flat the door, an nice, little fabric American flag. Something didn’t look right. Ah, the blue field with the stars (properly called the “union”) was on the right. It needed to be on the left. I asked the young lady at the desk if I could turn it around, and she said sure. The flag had a built-in rod and hanging cord. I unhooked the flag, turned it, and . . . the other side wasn’t exactly blank, but it was much, much lighter. I’m sure there is a technical term for this. It was as if the colors had only been printed on one side of the fabric. If you flipped it over, you were obviously showing the wrong side. This flag had been made with the intent that it be hung and that only one side be displayed. Alas, whoever made it did so incorrectly. Sigh. For the record, here’s a link with all the correct ways. Happy D-Day, Happy Flag Day, Happy Fourth of July.

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