Yesterday at the University of Iowa they began preparations for a
presidential visit. I know what this involves as many, many moons ago, before he was president, George Bush visited and spoke at a distribution center where I worked. Bomb sniffing dogs were brought in a week before the event, background searches were done, secret service members were everywhere and sharp shooters stood ready on the roof of the facility. It was a sight to see.
I realize there is a lot to do but yesterday the University of Iowa dropped the ball. They laid a massive American flag on the grass and then
posted a picture of it on Facebook without realizing that anything was wrong. The older generation seems to be flabbergasted, disappointed and downright mad about this but the younger generation doesn’t see what the big deal is – they simply made a mistake and don’t think people should be making such a big deal of out this.
I think this just goes to show where some of the younger generation is. I don’t expect that everyone should know the National Flag Code by heart but I do think it’s important that everyone should know that the
American flag should never, ever touch the ground. Do they teach this in school? I don’t remember learning it in school but my father is a veteran so I had many lessons at home.
I can also see the decline in manners regarding our flag at parades when people keep their ass in a lawn chain instead of standing up. At the Labor Day parade in Dubuque last weekend I head that the American Legion had to tell people to stand up when the American flag came by. Kids need to learn this lesson as well but if no one is teaching them, then they will never learn.
My father’s birthday was in May and I bought him a new America
flag for his flag pole. As I helped him remove the old flag I took note as he struggled to keep it off the ground because it was so big. It was a big deal to him. He fought for that flag as did many others. Traveling home from vacation after 9-11 I had the opportunity to see American flags draped from every available space on buildings, homes, businesses and porches. It gave me hope and symbolized the strength of our nation.
So for me seeing the American Flag on the ground at the University was more of a disappointment than anything, it was a huge display of
disrespect but I think it was from lack of education not intentional. I also
believe something good will come of this. Everyone that attends the University of Iowa will now get a lesson in flag etiquette and hopefully they will pass this on to future generations. Because that my friends is the American way.
What say you, is it a BIG deal or not?