Tossed American Flags Saved

Picture by Shirley Buxton

I do not believe any one person at the Invesco Field Democratic convention deliberately caused thousands of American flags to be thrown into the trash. However, albeit probably accidental, such a deed was done.

Now the flags have been rescued; Boy Scouts have 84 trash bags full of tiny flags that will be distributed at the McCain rally in Colorado Springs.

John McCain’s campaign prepared to accuse Democrats Saturday of leaving behind 12,000 miniature American flags after Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech last Thursday in Denver.

Boy Scouts have arrived with 84 trash bags full of bundles of flags at the site of a McCain rally scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. local time in Colorado Springs.

The campaign says the flags were recovered from Invesco Field after the Democrats concluded their convention there, and they are going to be used as part of the warm-up ceremonies before McCain takes the stage for the rally.

FOX News has been told a vendor at Invesco Field found the flags, which were going to be thrown out, and turned them over to the McCain campaign.

Veterans in Colorado Springs are expected to distribute the flags to the audience at the rally.

Fox News

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10 thoughts on “Tossed American Flags Saved

  1. Greg, I did not intend to sound irate about this flag issue; in fact on reading everything I’ve said, I can’t see where you think I sound irate. Actually the first sentence of my post reads this way:

    I do not believe any one person at the Invesco Field Democratic convention deliberately caused thousands of American flags to be thrown into the trash.

    In the second paragraph I mention the Boy Scouts rescuing the flags and using them in a respectful way.

    I don’t know why here in America we admire and fiercely love our flag more than you do in Australia. It’s not the scrap of fabric that is meaningful–it’s the symbolism of our great country.

    Using an American flag for underwear?…didn’t know that was happening…but I agree with your implied disgust with such a happening.

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  2. Greg the Explorer

    You konw the funny thing is over here in Australia we are not where near as fearce in our love for our flag – but we don;t let anyone where our flag as underwear – yet you can buy american flag undies anytime you want…doesn’t make sense that you’d get this irrate over flags (which amont to no more than political and patriotic bunting really) left laying around than you do over peopoe wearing the flag where it can get stained with …well you know with what

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  3. These were party-favor flags. Not flag flags. They were cheap and disposable. You do know we live in a throw-away society, right? The little, cheap flags were intended for a party-like celebration and used for that purpose. Political conventions are gloried, expensive pep rallies. Nothing else. They are intended to energize the party faithful.

    Nobody would question your love for your sister, if you threw away a bag of netting-wrapped rice and the wedding invitation after the wedding, now would they? Nobody would even question your judgment. When the party’s over, the party favors get pitched.

    End of story. But enter the Boy Scouts…

    You’re so right; no one would question anyone’s love for their sister by throwing away netting, rice and wedding invitations. As far as I know discarding such things does not show a lack of respect for anyone or anything.

    The flag of our country is quite different: There are protocols concerning its disposal. Pitching them into the trash is disrespectful, no matter how small, or how inexpensive each flag was.

    I really expect this was not intentionally done. I’m glad that someone found them and put them to honorable and respectful use.

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  4. Wendy

    Glad the flags were rescued. Happy to “recycle” them to show patriotism.Sorry they were dissed by the Democrats. Happy they are revered by the Republicans. Unhappy the Dems use other issues to bury this story. But will be most happy when the Republicans answer not with flag waving but with firm and accurate answers to the tough questions. Go McCain-Palin!

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  5. dean

    What a tragic event. I am sure no one saw them in the dumpster. Some one must have seen them, deemed it not important, and went on their way. Tragic. There is a huge lack of loyalty in our country. No one has come forward and accepted the responsibility for this action? Where the janitors all imported workers from 3 rd world countries, no one spoke up? Hard to believe. So very sad>

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  6. paikiiimagery

    What’s terrible about this, is there was no ONE person who said you can’t treat the U.S. Flag like this. Not to mention it’s just another example of how living green is just propaganda and a means to increase control over the rest of us through government.

    My goodness, you have brought up an excellent point. And I’m with you; how could so many people overlook thousands of American flags being disrespected.

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  7. RE: “John McCain’s campaign prepared to accuse Democrats Saturday of leaving behind 12,000 miniature American flags after Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech last Thursday in Denver.”

    Meanwhile, people are without health insurance, and the economy is going to pot. There are issues to consider.

    Helen, indeed there are many issues to consider, including health insurance, our ailing economy, and the ill-treatment of our flag.

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  8. According to AmericanFlags.com:
    When a U.S. flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. Most American Legion Posts, VFW Chapters and Boy Scout Troops regularly conduct dignified flag burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Contact your local American Legion Hall, VFW Chapter or Boy Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service. NEVER THROW A FLAG IN THE GARBAGE!

    More on flag etiquette at http://americanflags.com

    Thank you, David.

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