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.

2 Comments:

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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