Image of the Day: What’s wrong with this Memorial Day picture?

Image of the Day: What’s wrong with this Memorial Day picture?
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It would actually be easier to say what’s right about it, which — as far as I’m able to divine — is that the Chicago Tribune is running a half-off sale on subscriptions to its digital edition. Through May 31, you can purchase unlimited access to the online version of the paper at a 50% savings off the regular price.

What’s wrong is twofold. First, according to the U.S. Flag Code, §176, paragraph i:

The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

This ad blatantly disregards that provision, which appears under the heading “Respect for flag.”

The second problem is a little more subtle to non-students of the Code, which specifies in §175 (“Position and manner of display”), paragraph i:

When displayed … horizontally …, the union should be uppermost and to … the observer’s left.

The union refers to the horizontal grouping of stars against a blue field. Again, the image flies in the face of that provision, showing the union in the upper right hand corner.

(h/t The Blaze)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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