- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dear Sgt Shaft:

Two questions please?

1. Is burning of U.S. flags now still appropriate? I heard that because of the chemicals used in the manufacture of flags, it was no longer the acceptable method.

2. A week after 9/11, over 20 million foreign U.S. flags were imported to the U.S., 18 million from China!

In an attempt to show our patriotism, we bought all of these flags. Many of these turned orange, gray and purple, and shredded easily because of their inferior production.

There are still millions of flags imported here from China and sold in major stores, even military flags, and the hand-held ones that children wave at parades.

How can we make the public aware that they could be buying a Marine, Army or any branch of the armed forces flag that was made in China?

Maybe it would be proper to burn all these flags?

Your comments please,

Ret Army Res. Sgt. R. L.

Dear Sgt. R.

The U.S. flag code states that when a flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning.

Many veteran and civic organizations will properly dispose of a flag at no cost.

I can’t comment on your second statement.

I do know that the Veterans Flag Depot is a good choice for American-made flags and flagpoles at wholesale prices.

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