Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Accident or signal?

From the Washington Post:
The Senate flag, which flies atop its building when the chamber is in session, was raised around 10 a.m. Friday. But there was one problem: It was upside down. That's the universal distress symbol.
From United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1:
§8. Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
  1. The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
Just diagnosing the situation in the Senate through my TV, I'd say that sounds about right.


Blogger phinky said...

Ah, I bet that's one of the flags that gets presented to someone as a flag that has flown over the capitol building. There's a group of people who raise a flag, let it fly for five minutes, then lower it, raise another flag....and so on. All so someone can have a flag with a certificate that says the flag was flown over the Capitol. Apparently, somone wasn't paying attention. Good catch. ;)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Bulldog said...

What's a guy gotta do to get that flag? It would be an interesting conversation piece to say the least.

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2:45 PM  

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