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MASON CITY, IA – When it comes to the American flag, there is a certain code of conduct that must be followed for displaying and disposing of the red, white and blue.
There have been a number of disrespectful images of the flag being used in music videos and most recently, in one of the pictures Anthony Weiner’s ‘sexting’ mistress sent to him.
As a whole, Srgt. Joshua Kearby believes that our country has lost some of the respect that we used to have for the flag.
“You take the oath of enlistment it means a lot more to you than it does to just say every other civilian, cause now a days do they even say that in schools? The ‘I pledge allegiance to the flag’, they don’t,” Kearby said.
He believes that the Pledge of Allegiance is one of the ways that schools could teach their students that they need to respect the flag.
While some schools in the country do not require that students recite the Pledge because of it’s religious references, Kearby said that if it’s taken out of schools all together, the kids won’t be able to properly learn about the history of the red, white and blue.
“I think the American flag, what it really stands for is freedom. It’s pretty much, you know, it was us standing up against the British back in the day, so it was us standing up for our rights,” Kearby said.
Carol Meyer is the office manager for the boy scouts in Mason City and she is very involved with how the Boy Scouts organization is run in the area.
She believes that the images we see in the media that show disrespect toward the flag, are harmful and can have a major impact on younger minds.
“I think they see that and certainly that’s something we try really hard in the Boy Scouts you know, to work on with them, trying to teach them proper flag etiquette and try and teach them the respect that they should have for the flag,” Meyer said.
Both Carol and Srgt. Kearby said that the history our flag represents has become lost over the years and when it came to representations of the flag in music videos, they both struggled to find fault with the artists because it all returns back to their right to Freedom of Speech.
To learn more about proper flag etiquette and how to be more respectful to the red, white and blue, visit this website http://www.usa-flag-site.org/etiquette.shtml