Friday, March 27, 2009

Are we disrespecting the rest of the world?

Diversity club officers and Student Leadership Council members were setting up for the Lee University Culture Fest this afternoon, preparing a host of international flags to be displayed on the PCSU deck facing the lawn.

On my way down the stairs of the student union, I was asked a question by a passing student:

"Do you think a pile of flags on the surface of the sidewalk shows proper respect for those nations?" he said, already convinced of the answer.

It's a good question to ponder.

A United States flag on the ground, even during set-up, would be in violation of proper protocol. According to one flag Web site:

"The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise."

So if the U.S. flag deserves such treatment, should the flags of other nations be better taken care of as well?

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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