Flag Code

How much pride in our country do we have, how much patriotism, and how much ignorance will we show in the process?



  • Many times we have seen in the news or witnessed for ourselves, people trying to show pride and patriotism through ignorance. How this must look to non Unites States citizens who know more about our country and our history than we do. The following are but a few examples of this behavior:


    “Deal or No Deal,” the television game show, on Monday, February 12, 2007, featured a flag-shirted contestant. Section 8d. reads, “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel.”

    bush911 “Don’t tread on me”

    September 11, 2006, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush stand on a carpet of the American flag at Ground Zero in Manhattan, the site of the September 11, 2001 attack. Section 8b of the Flag Code reads, ” The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground…” (not to mention he is “standing” on the flag) Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

    upsidedown April 2006, protesters hold a US flag union down to protest pending federal legislation, in Costa Mesa, California. Section 8a. “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images/David McNew
    Kid Rock, Super Bowl 2004 Super Bowl 2004, Janet Jackson’s “costume malfunction” made international news; that same half-time show featured the wearing of an American flag by performer Kid Rock. He later removed the flag poncho and hurled it over his head. Section 8d. reads, “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel.” Photo credit: Reuters
    President Bush and flag In July 2003 President Bush autographed a small flag. This picture was circulated across the Internet noting its violation of the Flag Code: “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.” Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

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    USFlag.org: United States Flag Code

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