POSTED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 6:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 8:58am
Tyler--Survellience tapes on therightscoop.com show one El Paso flag lying on its side in the rain. The next day, employees woke to find the flag folded military style. This careful folding was connected to Gustus Bozarth, who learned to properly fold the flag while working in security.
However, some say this once-common respect of the flag is almost out-of-date. Veteran Mussle White says, "People just don't respect it like they used to. They just don't have the knowledge."
According to flag etiquette, the American flag should never touch the ground. It should be cleaned and mended when necessary. If worn, it should be burned in a dignified manner. It should never be used for a costume, drapery, or advertisement. The American flag should be the highest-flying flag. It should be displayed from sunset to sundown, unless there is a light illuminating the flag at night. The flag should also be displayed in or near every polling place on election days and in or near every schoolhouse during school days. In inclement weather, the flag should not be flown. The flag should be displayed daily and on all holidays, weather permitting, on or near the main administration buildings of all public institutions. Finally, it should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously
Veteran Bridget McCord doesn't take flag respect lightly. On several occasions, she has stopped at schools and told them to replace their torn flags. At the Tyler airport, she saw employees take a flag, wad it up, and throw it on a shelf. She quickly showed them the proper technique for folding a flag.
Veterans I spoke with say they are doing their best to keep etiquette by teaching their children and grandchildren how to give the flag the respect it deserves.