Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Old Glory for Flag Day

Old Glory
Originally uploaded by Duo de Hale.

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Is it patriotic to wear a flag shirt? To sit in a flag chair? To drape a flag over your shoulders like a shawl?

These and other flag related things are discussed on NPR's All Things Considered for Flag Day in an interview with Mark Leepson, author of Flag: an American Biography. He and NPR correspondent Melissa Block talk about wearing flag shirts, both in the time of the Vietnam War and now; about the commercialization of the flag back in the 1880s, and how people protested the use of the flag on beer bottles; how the "flag code" is just a set of guidelines and is not legally enforceable; and much more.

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