Can You Wear the American Flag as Clothing?

Should or can you wear the American flag as clothing? Here is what the U.S. Flag Code says about wearing the American flag.

Many people like to show off their patriotism by wearing the American flag as clothing, but is that proper etiquette according the US Flag Code? The issue can be a controversial one, especially around major patriotic holidays like Independence Day and world events like the Olympic Games.

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The U.S. Flag Code says, “The Flag Code addresses the impropriety of using the flag as an article of personal adornment, a design of items of temporary use, and item of clothing. The evident purpose of these suggested restraints is to limit the commercial or common usage of the flag, and, thus, maintain its dignity.”

So what does that mean? You should not use the American flag as an article of clothing. However, in 1976 an amendment was made that allowed uniforms for military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic groups to use a flag patch or pin near the left side, closer the heart.

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But it is important to remember that the Flag Code is only intended as a guideline to be followed on a voluntary basis. The Code was originally created to ensure proper respect of our flag.

While the Flag Code may not be enforceable by law, many citizens think wearing the stars and stripes is offensive. What do you think? Is wearing clothing with an American flag on it a way to show USA pride or simply offensive? Tell us your thoughts. 

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65 Replies to “Can You Wear the American Flag as Clothing?

  1. I don’t believe wearing the flag is disrespectful anymore than wearing a team or armed services item of clothing is disrespectful It shows that you support your country. If more people did this maybe we would see more true patriotism openly shown in the United States. I do however believe that all uses of the flag should show proper respect and not be thrown on the ground used as a rag, etc..

    1. I feel it is completely offensive that companies market flag apparel to blindly patriotic citizens. Contrary to the previous poster, wearing apparel that sports armed forces or the flag based design are offensive. There are tasteful ways to show support of those who have served and died without trampling on their graves, and this is not one of them. Men died to wear a uniform and to ensure that the flag waves high and proud, and wearing these uniforms without earning them, and desecrating the flag through commercializations, is offensive, to say the least.

      1. I think what Ritchie meant as far as wearing military clothing is maybe an under armor shirt with “Marine Corps” or “Army” on it, not the issued military uniform soldiers receive. I personally like the idea of people wearing the American flag and military-supporting clothing. It should be worn in a respectful manner, but I do think it is a way to show pride in our country, much like wearing our favorite team’s jersey.

        1. It is obvious that you never served in any military branch of the US Armed Forces, or you wouldn’t make a remark like that. Try putting on a uniform and have people shoot at you then see if you still feel the same way. People like you are offensive to us veteran’s.

          1. I am a veteran, and not offended at all. Blind patriotism means not questioning those that are asking/compelling you to have nationalistic pride. Sounds a lot like the nazis before and during ww2.

            1. Thank you for your service and your remark. Not ALL of us are so intollerant of different opinions. I am saddened that your comment sparked such outrage rather than conversation.

          1. The blindly patriotic (also known as ‘sunny-day patriots’ or ‘fake’ patriots) are easily identified. I can’t list all the ways to spot the ‘blindly patriotic’ here in this small comment space, but here are a couple ways to spot them: They are those who, after 9-11 planted a flagpole and US flag on their front lawn, but their flag is tattered, edges frayed and torn from weather, and likely as not, it is entangled in a nearby tree branch — but yet it still hangs on the pole. Another way to spot the fake ‘blindly patriotic’ person is at the sports events. They are those who somehow think that “play ball!” are the last two words of the National Anthem. They are those who disrespect our National Anthem by cheering, whistling, or otherwise disrupting the last part of our National Anthem. e.g …and the home – of – the – YAYYYY! WOO HOO!!! YAYYY!! signed Joe Hepperle, USMC 1975-1979

            1. Thank you for your service, Joe, and for the great explanation. I am the widow of a 20 career Air Force Tech Sgt. who spent two tours in Vietnam. We both had red, white and blue striped shirts we wore for our country’s colors but would not have worn the flag, one of which proudly flies outside my home. It is in perfect condition, never flown in the dark or foul weather and if it gets so much as a loose thread, I replace it and give the retired one to the VFW for proper permanent retirement.

      2. I agree with you and I am always offended when I see it. Especially on July 4th. When people wear the flag or flag design clothes on the fourth of July or memorial day weekends there is always someone with a mustard or bbq stain on it and they don’t even realize what they are doing is disrespectful.

        1. I can imagine that you are really offended now during the Political race for the Presidency. Have you seen the amount of flag clothing that the republicans like to wear. It isn’t any better of course that the Democrats burn them but the point is that disrespect is disrespect and the attitude that they are better while wearing a flag as clothing is a bit of the stretch wouldn’t you say?

      3. I’ve served 29 years with the U S Army. I feel very offended with someone wearing a U S Flag, a piece of cloth representative is a U S Flag or even someone wearing a “piece” of a military uniform. If you ( a veteran) wish to wear your uniform, wear all of it or none of it to include headgear. Maybe I’m overbearing but a lot of blood, sacrifices and deaths was and is protected these honored symbols of our great nation. If you are a vet, you understand we’re I’m coming from.

      4. Ok so wearing the actual American flag is 100% disrespectful. There’s no excuse it’s just plain wrong. Now wearing clothes that are red white and blue yeah i think thats alright but it clearly says that the flag should not become an article of clothing, a piece of bedding, or decoration. Wearing it is not showing patriotism. People (liberals) wear it as a sign of protest. Show patriotism by flying it proudly in your front lawn!

      5. There is a difference in wearing clothing that is made out of material that looks like a flag and making clothing out of a flag. Once it’s been used as a flag it should not be used to make clothing..

    2. It is my personal opinion that clothing that has the flag pattern on them or pictures of a flag should be allowed to be worn. It’s the ACTUAL flag that should never be used as clothing, blanket, etc except in cases where the flag is draped over the back of an Olympics champ, military veterans, etc. I agree with respecting the flag and our country, but I also believe in expressing the symbol of the flag on clothing as a showing of our allegiance to the country as long as the clothing wasn’t made out of an actual flag. Remember, the clothing is only bearing the picture or markings of the flag. Why are we not allowed to wear it? Would they fly a flag patterned sweater on a flagpole? No they wouldn’t, only the actual flag, so why can’t we wear flag pattern clothing? They make flag blankets too, blankets that have flag pattern. We must respect the flag as a symbol of our country, but flags, like clothing, have a lifespan and it’s inevitable that eventually they’ll be damaged beyond repair, and damaged flags are respectfully burned. Not so with clothes, but again, the clothes only sport images of flags, they aren’t the actual flag, same with flag replica patches on military clothes. Flag pattern clothing are worn in respect for the actual flag and country, but wouldn’t be subject to the same etiquette actual US flags are, because they’re clothes, not a flag, not that you shouldn’t take care of your flag pattern clothes of course. But it’ll still be disgraceful to throw a flag pattern clothing into the dirt and stomp on it like doing to a real flag. Also, even if an individual flag or flag pattern clothing reaches the end of its life, the symbol of the flag as a whole never dies, no matter how many individual flags get damaged beyond repair.

      1. Couldn’t have said it better myself. It should be illegal to wear a USA FLAG as a means of clothing as Machado seems to be in one of her recent pictures. With the exception of olympics, vets, etc.

        Enjoyed reading this, thank you.

      2. I totally agree Brittany. I was raised in the 60’s/70’s, and it has always been the way you explained! No actual flag should ever be disrespected. But material prints are not Flags! They are designs and usually worn in support for our family or veterans that have served. My Dad was in WWll & the Korean War. He was proud of his service. He almost lost his life in a one on one fight on the ground in the service. And he expected nothing less than respect from his family and friends. I was so proud of him. And he had no problem with us wearing “his” jackets or tshirts with patriotic prints on them But he also flew the American Flag everyday as well. It meant the world to him. So maybe all veterans should be respected within their family choices on this matter. I certainly wouldn’t have done anything against my father’s wishes when it came to this subject. But please don’t think I’m wearing a printed
        t-shirt out of disregard for the flag. It is only respect. Peace.

  2. I do think that it is not right for clothing companies to market the flag as clothing, when the flag code says it shouldn’t be. Now there are exceptions to that rule. I do not think that it is rude for people such as our athletes in the Olympics to wear the flag they are supporting our country and competing as our country.

    1. I am a U. S. Veteran, and I am offended to see someone wear an actual flag as an article of clothing. But I fought to give that person the right to do so and would again. I personally was given a gift of a shirt from Cracker Barrel with a picture of a waving flag on it. I wear that shirt whenever I want to show my patriotism and am proud to do so. I hope it doesn’t offend anyone but if it does, then so be it. I am proud of my country and wear my shirt proudly.

      1. “I fought to give that person the right to do so and would again.” … No, you fought for the benefit of a few very wealthy and powerful people.

  3. What do you do with your shirt when you take it off? Where do you put your jacket when it’s too warm to wear at that sporting event? By incorporating the flag into these items of wear, you disrespect the flag every time you take off that article of clothing and throw it onto the laundry pile. Worst example I ever saw was walmart selling flip-flops emblazoned with the Flag of the United States. Still think it’s patriotic?

  4. This is the Flag Code in part:
    The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.
    The flag should not be used as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
    This sounds like it is not allowed to wear a flag or anythomg that looks like one. Another part of the code gives an exception for military and public service uniforms so that they can wear a flag patch.

  5. Look, I know everyone has the right o an opinion. But.. there are wrong opinions or maybe just sentimental old fools like me. I understand her, I fought for her, and I believe in what she stands for. One nation under God.. Sound familiar? Our flag should be used as someone’s underwear, she’s not a butt cover. Many men and women bled and died to keep her alive and well. The flag is us, it’s America! I am a Christian, I am an American, and I am a veteran. I respect her, I love her, and I sand for her. She doesn’t deserve top be someone’s hair sweat holder!

  6. Having protected this flag my entire life, 20 years USMC, 35 years Law Enforcement, I personally feel that the American Legion has it correct in their interpretation of the flag code…that no flag shall be worn as clothing. NO FLAG…meaning that clothing not made FROM A FLAG is acceptable. I believe it shows respect for the flag and country, as does a lapel pin or flag patch on a military uniform. It seems a totally acceptable for of expression, in support of our Nation’s flag, a support sadly lacking in way too many Americans today who seem to almost be embarrassed of their country and flag.

    1. i am competing in an international competition – representing the USA – i would love to wear a USA beach towel when i come out of the water – is this permitted – i respect and honor the USA – please advise …

      1. Hang it up properly. Don’t just toss it around on the ground when you’re not using it. Fold it neatly and hang it up to dry. I’d you represent it with respect I think it’s great but just don’t treat it like any old towel. A flag towel will look a lot like a real flag. Just my opinion. God bless.

    2. I agree. Wear stuff not made FROM A FLAG.
      There is a flag that embarrasses me as an American, but it’s not our nations flag.

      1. Would that flag that embarrasses you be the one of black and white, that symolizes the ones we left behind, the flag of our national shame? If so, welcome to the club, as many of us feel that way, but will continue to display it, fly it, until all of our POWs are home from SE Asia, and our MIAs accounted for.

  7. I just ordered a shirt and hat with the American flag design for a patriotic themed parade in May. I thought long and hard on the flag code before doing so. I truly believe the intended message within the code is for people not use an actual flag as clothing, blanket, etc. Freedom of expression is one of many freedoms our veterans fought and died for. Please don’t be offended. When I wear my American flag “design” on clothing for the very first time in my life, my intent is to honor our veterans, not disrespect them.

  8. With all due respect to everyone who obviously cares enough to ask or try to decipher the regulation, individual opinions including Congressmen and Veterans or even opinions of great organizations such as the American Legion do not change what this regulation says. It outlines the definition of *flag* as:

    The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or **any picture** or **representation** of either, or of any part or parts of either, **made of any substance** or **represented on any substance**, of **any size** evidently **purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a **picture** or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.
    The flag should not be used as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

    ***** Are not included in actual code.  I added the * to emphasize specific words otherwise it is word for word

    One of the most important parts of a contract or legal document including laws, statutes, regulations or codes is the “definitions” section as it outlines exactly what the word, in this case, “flag” means according to  its use in the regulation being read.  This is done so that there is no confusion as to what is meant when the word “flag” is written. 

    Ambiguous statements can cause more than one interpretation of the regulation set forth.  This is why opinions about the actual intent of wearing clothing or accessories with depictions of the flag are irrelevant, the definition is 100% clear here.  If you only read the code separate of the definition it is easy to draw the incorrect conclusion that they mean an actual flag.  However, the definition given before that section of the code says any flag, picture or representation of the flag on any substance of any size.

    Again, flag regulation is NOT enforced due to every person’s right to enjoy the First Amendment. The regulation was intended to inspire patriotism, respect and reverence.  This is why the dates a flag is lowered to half staff are limited to specific days or those given by Presidential Order, if it was lowered to honor every fallen military veteran, police officer or currently deployed serviceman individually it would remain at half staff every day of the year which would diminish it’s significance.  Instead there are designated days each year to honor them by flying the flag at half mast. Check this year’s scheduled dates for Peace Officer Memorial Day, National Fireman Memorial Day, Armed Services Day, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day.

    There is absolutely no ambiguity here.  Clothing with any depiction of the flag represents a breach of flag etiquette.  The lapel pin is the exception if worn above the heart.  Patches are permitted under specific conditions and if worn by specific organizations.  These regulations are intended to make certain the American flag is portrayed in a specific way to encourage patriotism, reverence and respect.  They are not enforced, tickets aren’t issued, but many breaches of flag etiquette are mentioned specifically by different flag organizations to be used an educational tool.

    Your decision to breach etiquette is protected under the First Amendment. You may wear clothing with the flag represented on it, but it is a breach of flag etiquette no matter how any person, veteran or Congressman feels about it.  I believe that people do not intend any disrespect by wearing a shirt with a flag on it, but by the words clearly defined in the code, it is a breach of flag etiquette therefore disrespectful. And it isn’t possible to show patriotism by being disrespectful to the flag.

    It is common that people follow only parts of the flag regulation, there are breaches of etiquette even by members of Congress and even a couple by former presidents and Americans from all walks of life. Most are unintentional.

    There is a movement to bring awareness of breaches of flag etiquette to light to prevent them in the future and to educate our children with the hope of cultivating patriotism and reverence for America and pride in being an American that will continue for many generations to come.  Throughout history when our enemies mock or destroy symbols of America we remain united under this flag and what it stands for. This flag was largely responsible for restoring hope in the citizens of the United States during WWII. A photograph of five Marines and one Navy hospital corpsman who raised that flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima inspired a war weary nation and helped raise $26.3 billion in a war bond drive, twice the original goal. The controversy of who was there has never overshadowed the power of the photograph. These men represented all soldiers and that flag represented every American.

    In order to teach it, we must follow the flag code in its entirety. It is up to each individual to decide if they follow. But for those that choose not to follow, don’t kid yourself, a decision to breach flag etiquette is disrespectful. Many American men and women died protecting that First Amendment right. And nearly all of them would do it again. That’s patriotism.

    1. Dear Ms. Richter,

      I am writing this response to your well-thought-out presentation. I hope you will consider the points I have made.

      The US Flag Code comprises Chapter One of Title Four of the United States Code.
      There are ten sections in the US Flag Code. It is important to understand that while definitions are vital, not all definitions apply to all sections. As an example, for MOST of the Code, the definition of “the flag” is what is described in sections 1 and 2, as stated in section 5:

      “The flag of the United States for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined according to sections 1 and 2 of this title and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.”

      Sections 1 and 2 provide rather drawn out descriptions of the relative dimensions and makeup of the actual flag, including such details as stripe width and outside dimensions. These are descriptions of actual flyable flags, however, and in no way address patriotic flag-like material.

      This standard definition is confirmed when, in the definitions paragraph of section 5, an exception is made, stating that for the purposes of section 5, the definition will be different from the primary definition. In section 5 the definition will be the same as section 3:

      “For purposes of this Act—
      “(1) the term ‘flag of the United States’ has the meaning given the term ‘flag, standard, colors, or ensign’ under section 3 of title 4, United States Code;
      Here is the specific, more restrictive definition of a “flag, standard, colors, or ensign” in section 3, which is to be applied to section 3 and section 5 exclusively: The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

      This definition goes far beyond the definition of the flag which is mandated as the proper description in all but two of the sections. Furthermore, section 3 as written applies exclusively to the District of Columbia! As an aside, it would be interesting to find out why section 3 does not also apply to the rest of the United States.

      Based on section 5, and understanding the detailed description provided in sections 1 and 2, when the US Flag Code talks about a flag, other than in sections 3 and 5, it means an actual flyable flag, as defined in section 1 and 2.
      Now we address the question of whether or not it is acceptable to use the flag as an item of wardrobe. Section 8 discusses “respect for flag.” Each of the paragraphs, (a) through (j) list different actions to avoid, as well as ways to show respect for the flag, but each paragraph speaks specifically about “the flag.” Paragraph (d) states: The flag should never be used as wearing apparel…” Bear in mind the definition of “the flag” for all but two sections is an actual physical, flyable flag.
      Paragraph (j) states: No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. Once again, this paragraph is speaking specifically about a real flag.

      My conclusion is that while the US Code strictly prohibits the use of the flag (as in, a real, flyable flag) as part of a wardrobe item, nowhere does it specifically prohibit the use of patriotic, flag-like material for such purposes. It is NOT inherently disrespectful or a violation of the US Code to do so.

  9. Tara beautifully discibed both the pro and con.
    Currently watching the Capitol 4th celebration at the Capitol on PBS.
    Sad to see so few apparently know what the Flag Code stands for.
    Those cheap tee shirts will be wiping rags soon.

    Thanks Tara

    All: don’t be upset,just think.

    USA

  10. I had never heard of this and I’m 49. I was talking to a 17 year old today and he mentioned it , so , I looked it up. Wow…. I have a shirt with a flag and had no idea. I will definitely make sure not to do that again. So, please know that I think most folks are being patriotic And just don’t know. As far as the comments on this page about being blindly patriotic , you can just go live somewhere else. I’m not blind in that I think the US is perfect , but , it’s a heck of a lot better than the alternatives. If you found a perfect place , you showing up would make it imperfect.

  11. I have served in the Army for 36 years. Initially, I was activated from The TN National Guard for Korea, 3 Sept. 1950. I went on to college on the Korean Bill, Public Law 550. I stayed in the Guard and received a direct commission in 1957. I went to Army Flight School and flew the 01E L19 Bird Dog When the aircraft were given away I transferred to Special Forces. I made 74 parachute jumps becoming a Master Jumper. Retirement came Dec 28th 1983. My service was from 1947 to 1983. It disturbs me very much to see the Flag as an article of clothing. I sometimes wonder if the guys that raised the flag on IWO Jima were thinking about patriotism! I am 85 and loved every day of my military service.

  12. I am 52 and have never heard of this “Flag code” It comes down to several things….I know a 78 year old that has a red white and blue, button down, long sleeve shirt that believes he is the most patriotic man in the USA when he “Goes out” to a rodeo or something wearing his shirt. He was raised to love America and is true blue, red blooded American and would knock someone out if he saw them burn a flag. Many of you growing up as military brats or servicemen believe that you are more patriotic than everyone else (my wife is one of them) and I appreciate your stand, but for me, I LOVE an event where the crowd is a sea of red white and blue! It makes me feel proud to be an American!

  13. I think that here in America where we hold private property as sacred, that there is a difference between buying a flag and doing what you please vs stealing a flag and doing what you please. If someone goes out and buy’s a flag with there own money, then I think that it is appropriate for them to do with that Property what they want. It is after all that private property is just as sacred, and besides it creates jobs because people are now having jobs making more flags. How could a patriot possibly argue with that.

  14. OK so I am not from America but a 100 plus girls my age from the same school have all chosen America as the theme dress code for our get together .I would imagine that some of these girls would like to drape the American flag on their shoulders or wear USA tee shirts .. .Does this flag code prohibit and extends to other countries that find America to be inspiring and fascinating ?

    1. It is against etiquette to wear clothing with the flag on it, but etiquette is not a law. One exception would be the patches on military uniforms. If you choose to proceed you wouldn’t be breaking any laws, however, you may offend some individuals.

  15. I am offended when people use the American flag as part of their attire because it is a “flag” of our country. It is not a shirt, a pair of pants. a hat, a sweatband, a towel , a swimsuit, underwear or a napkin. The stars and stripes which symbolize the United States of America and were meant to be displayed only on a flag. It is disturbing that people have such a lax attitude of respect for our flag which is the symbol of our country. Shouldn’t it bother people when for example, people sit on our flag when it is used as a pair of pants or a towel or blanket? Show the flag. Show red, white and blue. But stop the desecration of the flag!

  16. In 1943, the flag detail was careless about properly folding the US flag tag retreat. Our Captain dressed them down and I recall hearing him growl, “The flag is not a rag.” Pretty clear to me.

  17. OK, I stumbled upon this as I was asking Google a ?. Is it OK to use a flag as a blanket….. I don’t mean to make someone mad, or disrespect anyone on any level. I have read comment after comment, and it is pretty devided. I am not a vet, (couldn’t join because of medication I have been on my whole life) I tried to enlist atvthe age of 19 as I had no clue what to do with my life. Thank you to all that have served and who will serve. Now I don’t get the whole argument as to the uproar of this and that. Flag / military Clothing you buy with your hard earned money is not disrespecting in my opinion, your saying I am proud to where this. Now if I was to buy an Iraqi shirt being an American that lives in America, that may be disrespecting to some and I get that, but then again if I buy it, it is my choice to support what ever I feel like. Now don’t get prissy about that last comment just an example. Now to my ? That brought me to this page. I have an American flag that I flay at my store , but it had a rip in the end. So I took it down as I was told because it is disrespectful to fly a flag with a rip, even though down the street at a vfw I seen a flag flying all tore up, anyway I couldn’t take this flag to the vfw to have them burn it as I was going to you properly dispose of, instead I brought it home and sewed it up my self. Now I have this giant flag ($600) is what I paid for my store to display, and have replaced with a new one. I thought what can I do with this flag as I have repaired ( not professional) but I did OK. I thought what if I sewed this flag onto an existing blanket(probably 2 big blanket as the flag is really big) to snuggle up with on a cold day. But I didn’t want to disrespect the flag so now the flag sits folded to the best of my ability in the normal flag way.

  18. The Flag Code is basically never enforced, and the few times the Code has ever went to court, the First Amendment won each time. The Republicans wear flags, the Democrats burn them, and everything has been squabbling between these two sides.

    There are just so many problems with the flag, with its Alaska and Hawaii that have very little to do with the rest of the country. There are just so many problems with the idea of U.S. patriotism, dragging people into wars that they don’t care about for awful reasons that they have to accept and internalize.

    Instead of whining about people pointing out actual flaws with the country, maybe these “perfect patriots” (who almost certainly slip up somewhere) should actually try to stand together and fix these flaws. They won’t. All they’ll ever do is whine about whatever they can reach from their couch.

  19. I think that it is disrespectful to wear the flag as clothing. My grandfather was a Spanish American War veteran. He loved his flag so much that he taught me at a very young age to respect our flag. He also taught me the proper way to fold it. He also was honored by a Military Base near him, because the base commander noticed that my grandfather flew the flag everyday except when it rained. My grandfather never flew the flag when it rained or bad weather of any kind.
    My grandfather loved his country the USA and always showed our flag all the respect it deserved.

    My father is a WWW II veteran and I’m very proud of him. He also respects and loves our country and flag. I feel that children are not being taught about our flag and why they should show respect for it. Many great men and women lost their lives fighting for their country and flag. To me that is even more of a reason to respect our great flag.

  20. If the clothing does not have 13 red and white stripes and a field of blue with 50 stars, it’s not an american flag, but just a facsimile. Get over it. I love my flag like quilt.

  21. The most disrespectful thing I see regularly is flags flying from trucks and 4 wheelers at races and mud bogs. Tattered, frayed and/or covered in mud. They don’t have a clue.

  22. It’s the actual flag being used to make clothing, wraps, etc. that is illegal. To have fabric that is simply stamped with a flag, afghans or blankets made to look like flags, etc. are NOT illegal. It comes down to what is used and the intent. Patriotism is good and should be encouraged. That said, when flying flags on your vehicle or at your home/business and they becomes soiled and torn, it’s disrespectful to continue to display it that way and is supposed to be taken down and a new one put up. There is a ritual to dispose of these spent flags…it’s a solemn procedure, done respectfully.

    1. It does not have to be an actual flag to violate the Code. Otherwise, an amendment would not have been added that allows patches to be included on certain uniforms.

    2. Again, no. People are trying to put their feelings and intent into the interpretation when it is perfectly clear you should NOT be adorning yourself with pictures of the flag printed onto apparel. The problem is, upon feeling patriotic, we feel it is entirely appropriate to wear it…it isn’t.

  23. I think it’s fine to wear the American Flag on national holidays,provided you wear it with pride and dignity. That it’s clean and pressed and if it gets stained or dirty you remove it and wear something else. Always keep in mind what that flag means to our men in women in uniform!!

  24. The flag should never be worn as clothing – especially bathing suits that will get wet, attract sand, beer, etc. It should also not be on a towel that will be used to dry off your body, used on a beach, etc. It should never be draped over your body. It’s disrespectful.

  25. I personally do n0t like to see a flag worn as a bikini, shorts, and any other clothing. No other country allows their flag to be displayed this way. In reading what the United States stand for, it is to be treated with dignity and respect. In my mind that means no flag should be covering bare breast or a thong on the beach. Have seen many men/women wearing “flag” clothing in a bar, and having a few to many brews and staggering out, very disrespectful… but of course these are the people that feel that are patriotic correct, do not agree with anything I have said…..As a Mom of two career military sons, two nephews, one niece, two grand nephews, a husband a dad who all served in the military to protect our rights of freedom with this flag. I simply ask you to respect and honor for what it stands for.

    1. Richard, there are varying opinions on the thin blue line flag. Ranging from it’s not red white and blue so it’s not actually a US flag, to a more purist opinion that it is a violation. For us here, we support our police and if a display is done in the spirit of dignity and respect, then we don’t cast judgement. Excellent question!

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