Originally Posted by BobK
I just noticed your avatar. Why do you display the flag upside down?
"The words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.
Source: Flag Code, Section 3
Therefore, a flag includes any representation of it of any substance, with stars and stripes of any number. This would include T-shirts and ties.
Other references in the Flag Code relevant to this question are:
- The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. (section 8d)
- It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like (section 8i)
- [It should not be] printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes (section 8i)
- 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. (section 8g)
- No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. (section 8j)
The Flag Code states that the flag should never be worn. (Section 8d): "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel."
Originally Posted by NoJobRob
If stars and stripes are illegal to have on clothing then the Harlem Globe Trotters should all be locked up. LOL And what about most of our olympic teams and country music stars? And clothes sold at Walmart? I could go on but you get the point... I don't think such absoluteness is necessary or constructive...
Good point Rob and I agree. Now who says it's illegal to have on clothing? Try reading the code and understand what it means if you're going to post objections to something that was never stated. Maybe read my post again slowly. Here's the section of code you apparently didn't see.
TITLE 4 - FLAG AND SEAL, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE STATES
CHAPTER 1 - THE FLAG
Sec. 8. Respect for flag
(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or
drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in
folds, but always allowed to fall free.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or
athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the
uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of
patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and
is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin
being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
Now I'm out of this thread and you good ol American boys continue on with the rebellion. We patriotic members of the United States that love our country will continue as we always do.