Q: Thank you for having that quiz about U.S. flag etiquette on your Web site. I'd like to suggest another question -- Does wearing a hat or necktie made from the U.S. flag show respect?
A: Thank you for your question. We've added this question and answer as #23 to our U.S. flag etiquette quiz on payson.com.
Is it appropriate to wear articles of clothing made with the symbols of the U.S. flag?
The U.S. Flag Code specifies, "The U.S. flag should not be made into an article of clothing." This is another area of debate when it comes to flag etiquette. For many veterans, a necktie, hat, or shirt that has red and white stripes and a blue field with white stars is considered disrespectful. An article of clothing that has red, white, and blue stripes, but not stars, is not generally considered to be the U.S. flag, but still conveys the notion of patriotism while adhering to the rules outlining the proper display of the flag.
Again, this suggested etiquette is derived from the idea that the U.S. flag deserves a high level of respect and dignity. Clothing that can be soiled and stained does not convey such respect or dignity.
Note: The flag should also not be used in advertising. It should not be used on napkins, boxes, or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.
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