As I realized the flag on my porch was torn and I needed to purchase a new one, I was googling if anyone takes old flags around my hometown. You don’t just toss an old flag in the trash can. Well, I don’t anyway and I don’t think you should either. The American flag hasn’t saved my soul but many people have given their lives defending everything that flag stands for. I have been lucky enough to be born in the United States of America and I am very thankful for that. I don’t agree with everyone in political power, I don’t want to go to war, I don’t think we have it all figured out as a country, and we damn sure have a long way to go to fix many social injustices. However, we have a lot of good things here and a lot of freedoms I am thankful to have. The flag symbolizes all of that. So, I will stand for the National Anthem, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, visit a war memorial on Memorial Day, cry during the fireworks on July 4th, and get angry when someone exercises their freedom to angrily burn that flag in a protest.
So, after taking the long way around, back to my google search this morning. I was also always the one saying, “stop wearing the flag as a bikini” but this article points out the fact that unless you have cut up an actual flag, you aren’t wearing a flag, but something that is red, white, and blue with stars on it. I love red, white, and blue and have to stop myself from purchasing everything in the stores that looks even remotely patriotic every summer. (The plates I give my kids for dinner over much of the summer say “Party like it’s 1776” – I may have a problem!) This article did make me stop and think about what is actually a flag and what isn’t when it comes to clothing, decor, etc. A bikini with a flag print pales in comparison to burning and stomping on an actual flag. While I don’t think I will personally be buying a flag print swim suit anytime in the near, or distant, future, I may just start wearing the flag printed scarf I bought at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that I’ve always been reluctant to wear.