Sean Hardage: Show proper respect for the American flag |

Sean Hardage: Show proper respect for the American flag

I’ve lived here in Steamboat now for three years, and I’ve learned so much about this town.

I have learned that there is a lot of pride and support for the Olympic heritage this town has. Steamboat has a long history of Olympians, and it’s so amazing to be a part of that being such a huge fan of everything Olympics myself. There was so much support and celebration this past winter for our Olympians, and it was simply amazing.

Steamboat also has a huge amount of military service members and families of military service members. It was so amazing to be a part of the celebration during the past few Veterans Days here in this amazing town.

Flags lowered as they should be and so much support. It has warmed my heart so much especially since I am a young American who has served over 19 years now in the U.S. Army.

However, all of this being said it has come to my attention that there is a lot of laziness here in town when it comes to showing the flag of our nation the proper respect.

I have seen very few American flags flying at half staff as they should be. I’ve also seen American flags dropped to jalf staff and yet the accompanying flag is still flying all the way up. I have taken it upon myself to enter these establishments and let them know that there is something wrong with they way they are currently flying our nation’s flag.

Lowering the American flag is showing your respect to our nation as a country, not the president, as one person thought. The American flag when lowered to half staff should never have another flag flying over it.

In closing, if your company or establishment is going to fly the American flag on a flag pole, please take the time to lower it when it is necessary. If you’re not going to take the time to show the proper respect for the American flag then you should not fly it at all.

Sean Hardage

Steamboat Springs

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