Letter to the Editor

February 22, 2019

Dear Editor:

This letter concerns respect for our country's flag.

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, I contacted Sheriff David Hoffman regarding the excessively worn and tattered flag being flown at the Mark Twain Country Club and he stated he would contact them regarding it. He let me know they said it would be taken care of the next day, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, while driving by the grounds, I noticed the flagpole had been pulled out of the ground tube that the flagpole is inserted into and left lying on the ground with the flag still attached. I stopped, removed the flag from the pole, and took the flag into the club and left it with a fellow sitting and playing cards.

Being a Marine, I have respect for our country's flag and I consider this act reprehensible. The US Flag code states "When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning" privately or in a public ceremony. The VFW will properly dispose of any flag in bad shape given to them.

If you fly a flag please ensure it is in good shape. When it becomes tattered/faded, please replace it. If you can't fly our country's flag in a dignified manner, don't fly it at all!

Gale Rutherford

Santa Fe, MO