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WHO STANDS BEHIND THE FLAG

NQC founder Shawn Alladio (second from left)

        

Who Stands Behind the Flag was a flag tribute that ended in December 2012

Who Stands Behind the Flag YOUTUBE Video Tribute - 'The Story'

Who Stands Behind The Flag?  America does.
 
Two flags were thrown away within a mile of one another on Memorial Weekend 2012.  I entered into discussion with David Pirate Tew and David Pu'u regarding the symbolism, value and neglect regardingg these two flags on one of our Nation's most signifiant holidays. We decided prior to retiring the flags to run a documentary to bring awareness to America regarding the prinicipals and people whom this flag represents, we hope you enjoy the video.
 
  Abandoned
 
My youngest daughter found the second one abandoned at a bus stop one mile away from the first flag we found draped over a shopping cart in a parking lot.  We retrieved them and contacted David Tew who works with local Boy Scout Troop 242 to request a retirement for them.  
 
 Abandoned
 
Before these flags were retired we conducted a photo essay with my friends and K38 Students.  They were retired on December 8th, 2012 by Boy Scout Troop 242
God Bless America
 
Shawn Alladio - K38

 
Boy Scout Troop Flag Retirement
 

United States Flag Code outlines certain guidelines for the use, display, and disposal of the flag. For example, the flag should never be dipped to any person or thing, unless it is the ensign responding to a salute from a ship of a foreign nation. This tradition may come from the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, where countries were asked to dip their flag to King Edward VII: the American flag bearer did not. Team captain Martin Sheridan is famously quoted as saying "this flag dips to no earthly king", though the true provenance of this quotation is unclear. 
A tattered flag at Spokane Valley Police Headquarters, Spokane, Washington

The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground and, if flown at night, must be illuminated. If the edges become tattered through wear, the flag should be repaired or replaced. When a flag is so tattered that it can no longer serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The American Legion and other organizations regularly conduct flag retirement ceremonies, often on Flag Day, June 14. (The Boy Scouts of America recommends that modern nylon or polyester flags be recycled instead of burned, due to hazardous gases being produced when such materials are burned.)

Significantly, the Flag Code prohibits using the flag "for any advertising purpose" and also states that the flag "should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use". Both of these codes are generally ignored, almost always without comment.

One of the most commonly ignored and misunderstood aspects of the Flag Code is section 8. "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery." Section 3 of the Flag Code defines a flag for the purposes of the code. Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Flag Code does permit the use of flag design in fashion et cetera, provided that such a design was not formed using the actual design of the flag. The wearing of any article of clothing representing the flag is allowed, however, the flag itself is not.

Although the Flag Code is U.S. federal law, it is only binding on government institutions displaying the flag: there is no penalty for a private citizen or group failing to comply with the Flag Code and it is not widely enforced—indeed, punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Passage of the proposed Flag Desecration Amendment would overrule legal precedent that has been established.

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