Stu Tarlow (6/26, Opinion, “Plaza protester disrespects flag”) passed by a rally at the Plaza in which folks protested George Bush and Dick Cheney’s war by asking for impeachment. Immediately Tarlow sees the flag in scorn and suggests that “probably” the folks there disregard dead soldiers. I was there at age 70.
The piece is a shameful mess to pontificate about flag etiquette, which wearies me. The way to honor the flag is to stand with courage preserving what the flag means. One honors the flag in damning a war built upon lies even if formal etiquette about touching the nation’s soil is offended.
As for soldiers, my own uncle died at age 26 upon the beaches of Normandy. He volunteered because a president like Franklin Roosevelt drew him there with one means: the simple truth. That honors the flag, and wins a hand over my heart. Without that the flag is only a piece of cloth which is now despised by most of the civilized world because of Cheney and his puppet, Bush.
Scruples over frilly “etiquette” never replace the flag’s real inspiration: the call to protest any abuse of liberty.
James V. McCormick