Lately, there has been a lot of debate concerning flag burning
. Some believe that it is a disgrace and should be outlawed, while others, myself included, feel that to disallow burning of a flag is more of a disgrace to the flag than any fire. Regardless of this, there are circumstances where it IS appropriate, even necessary to burn a flag.
My grandfather served in World War II, and played a major part in breaking the Japanese radio code. By no means could you call him unpatriotic. But as a child, i have very distinct memories of him burning a flag. The whole family sat there, watching as it burned to ash, doing nothing.
Are we terrorists? Are we anti-American? No.. the flag was simply old and tattered. The appropriate way to dispose of an old flag is to burn it. So, we folded the flag up, placed it in the fireplace, and respectively lit it on fire. This makes me seriously question those of us who think flag-burning should be illegal. What would they have us do with out old flags? Throw them in the garbage, to rot with old food, dead rats, tin cans, etc? Bury them and let them rot? Obviously, burning a flag respectfully is different than burning one in anger. But really.. where do you draw the line? The whole thing is ridiculous. I have burned flags, and will do it again, and with pride. Anyone who tells me not to is ignorant.