Letter: Stay proper, respectful this patriotic holiday

To the editor:

Shame on us. At a recent parade, I noticed some immigrants who appeared to respect the U.S. flag more so than some Americans.

Citizens should stand at attention and place the right hand over the heart the moment the flag passes during a parade. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans render the military salute.

A great patriotic weekend is arriving with lots of cerebration for our country and our freedom. But let’s pay proper respect when our flag is displayed and for all those who have fought and defended our freedom and privileges.

Anything made to look like our flag or a recognizable portion of the flag is considered as “The Flag.” Our flag or anything resembling our flag should never be worn. It may look patriotic but please do not wear clothing or sit in a lawn chair that resembles our flag.

Our flag should never be used as receptacles for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything. Please refrain from using paper plates and napkins on which the flag has been printed.

Let not our patriotic actions offend those who fought and died for our freedom. Let’s be patriotic but appropriate when honoring our country, our colors and those who really paid the price.

Happy Fourth of July, United States of America. May we be patriotic. May we be proud. May we also be proper and respectful.

Dr. Dick Huber