Letter to the editor: No respect for flag at Shaw’s

In 1924, Congress enacted the Flag Code for the United States of America. A portion follows:

“As adopted by the National Flag Conference, Washington, D.C., June 14-15, 1923, and Revised and Endorsed by the Second National Flag Conference, Washington, D.C., May 15, 1924. Revised and adopted at P.L. 623, 77th Congress, Second Session, June 22, 1942; etc. 

§ 8. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; etc.

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.”

I happened to be in the Vergennes Shaw’s today and noted an egregious violation of the Flag Code of the United States of America, with a folding lawn chair made of the American Flag. Is it now acceptable to sit on the flag?

I am a retired Army veteran, and an Eagle Scout. In both organizations we were taught to respect the flag. Shaw’s clearly does not. To add insult to injury, these chairs were made in China.

There is no penalty in the code for violations, but this is very offensive to me. If you agree, please let Shaw’s management know your displeasure the next time you shop there.

Tom Weiss


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