Letter to the Editor

Tattered flag

Paso RoblesFebruary 13, 2014 

On my daily commute to San Luis Obispo from Paso Robles, I have noticed for several weeks now the large tattered U.S. flag that flies in a field just past Exit 211 on Highway 101 South. I ask that the owners of the flag follow Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, which contains rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag.

Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all times if it’s illuminated during darkness. The flag should not be subject to weather damage, so it should not be displayed during rain, snow and wind storms unless it is an all-weather flag.

When the flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way.

I don’t feel the owner is knowingly desecrating the flag; however, it is disrespectful to our veterans and those who have given their lives for our freedom and right to fly the American flag.

Guidelines for display of the flag can be found at http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flagdisplay.pdf.

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