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<P>Before anyone comments that it isn't displayed incorrectly, please hear me out! <BR></P>
<P>I absolutely understand that it is displayed so that it appears that the flag is moving forward into battle, rather than retreating from battle. I like the argument.</P>
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<P>However according to US Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, the Union is always to appear to the observers left. It does mention that a "flag patch" may be warn on the uniforms of the members of the Armed Forces, but it does not say that it should have the Union appear the observers right, if worn on the right shoulder. </P>
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<P>Instead of making up arbitrary excuses for why we don't follow the US Flag Code&nbsp;shouldn't we just wear it the correct way, or&nbsp;petition the Congress to pass an amendment to the Code to allow for us to wear it this way?<BR><BR>Here is a few quotes from the&nbsp;U.S. Code, Title&nbsp;4, Chapter 1. These are the only quotes that I could find after actually reading the entire&nbsp;chapter, (which took me a couple of hours) if you find any more please let me know!<BR><BR>Also,&nbsp;if I understand the law structure correctly, this supercedes the UCMJ and definitely supercedes AR 670-1. If I am incorrect on that, please let me know as well! Thank you!<BR>&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3><FONT color=#000000><FONT face=Calibri>“The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender." (U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7(b))</FONT></FONT></FONT></P><FONT color=#000000><FONT face=Calibri><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3>"When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street."(U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7(i))</FONT></P><o:p>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt" class=MsoNormal><FONT size=3>"No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart."<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>(U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(j))<o:p></o:p></FONT></P></o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT>
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SPC Needham,<div><br></div><div>U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 applies only to the flag itself, not representations of the flag. &nbsp;Our patch is not a flag; it is a representation of the flag. &nbsp;We don't salute our patch, lower it to half mast, or illuminate it at night, because it is not a flag. &nbsp;Therefore, Title 4 does not apply to our patch or how we display it.</div>
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Little late to the party here but wasn't part of the reason that in Texas v. Johnson that flag discretion was allowed (other than free speech) was that all these items we have with representations of American flags on them (I believe an example of toothpicks with American flags on top of them was used) are (legally speaking) actually flags.
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SrA John Monette
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mike drop!!!!
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SGT Mark Stewart
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Sgt Ronald Paden
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Sgt Thundercloud, You said it so well, it is a fixed patch.
But if it were a free flowing flag, approached from the right going forward it ’would ‘ flow to the rear as well anyway
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The easiest solution is to move the flag from the right shoulder to the left shoulder - which solves two problems at once:<div><br></div><div>1. It moves the flag to the left of the wearer - closest to the heart.</div><div>2. It puts the blue field back on the observer's left - as intended.</div><div><br></div><div>BONUS benefit: It still looks like its charging into battle!</div><div><br></div><div>Its a win-win-win for everyone!</div>
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Sir,

I was told, though I haven't found documentation for, the reason that we wear it on the right shoulder is because the "place of honor" is to the right.

The only type of documentation of this is in the Bible, believe it or not. I guess those who sit at the "right hand of God the Father Almighty" are in a place of honor.

The only thing in the flag code about the "right" is that no other flag shall ever be to the right of the U.S. Flag. So I guess that could be for the same reason. If that is the case, that the right is the position of honor, then I understand wearing it on the right shoulder instead of the left.

What are your thoughts Major Zeski?
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SGT(P) (Join to see) The place of honor being on the right is not only documented in the Bible. Think about it; Where do Squad Leaders stand in formation? The Right. Where are the Colors positioned on Stages or in a color guard? The Right. Why do we call it a "right-hand man"? Remember, that a large amount of what we do in the military and why is based on and steeped in tradition; not regulation.
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The right sleeve is also where we put our combat patch, which denotes the honor of having served our country in a combat theater. But since the flag patch is worn even before one deploys, I would agree that it makes more sense to place it on the left, for the reasons MAJ (Join to see) stated.
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And not just formations. When walking as a casual group (aka Gaggle Formation), the highest-ranking individual should be on the right side from the perspective of the members of the group.

There's a lot of history to the right side that isn't simply biblical, such as our salute and the origins of that (the dominant hand for most people, although there is conflict over the exact origin of that being the preferred hand*)

*= Some say it dates to medieval knights holding weapons and tipping their visor with the right hand while holding a horse's reins with the left, others say it dates back to roman custom of showing the right hand as not carrying a weapon to indicate you mean no threat, and of course there are other theories.
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Who remembers the Chocolate Chips? This is a photo from Somalia in the 90s. The right side, or reverse that has dominated since Afghanistan is the result of cooperation between nations to readily identify nationality of Soldiers in multi-national task forces, it is worn on the arm that is raised to render a salute. If you deploy or are otherwise assigned to a multi national location, everyone wears the flag on the right, not just the Americans. Feel free to blame the New World Order or anyone else for our participation in One World Government that created the problem of flying our flag "backwards"...<img src="http://www.usnews.com/dims4/USNEWS/0e60244/ [login to see] /resize/652x%3E/quality/85/?url=%2Fcmsmedia%2Fc4%2F27b3698489f12eed422cedb4aa7a46%2F51911widemodern_somalia_011014.jpg" class="img-responsive block-generous" alt="A U.S. Marine patrols the streets of Kismayu, Somalia, on Dec. 20, 1992. " title="(Lynne Sladky/AP)" data-size="rectangle652" height="413" width="620"><div class="pta-link-card"><div class="pta-link-card-content"><div class="pta-link-card-title"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.usnews.com/dims4/USNEWS/0e60244/ [login to see] /resize/652x>/quality/85/?url=/cmsmedia/c4/27b3698489f12eed422cedb4aa7a46/51911widemodern_somalia_011014.jpg"></a></div><div class="pta-link-card-description">nA ¶û’E.eûGM·+äNø§»ª41–Q$È%UîAÎ&gt;´˜ó®¸}íÊýhÏʒ–»Õ&amp;}Ý«½)ÕÔ
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MPs traditionally wear their brassards on the left arm. If we moved the flag patch to the left arm, where would the MPs wear their brassards???
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CW2 Joseph Evans
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SGT (Join to see) They would wear the flag on their brassard.
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But CW2 Joseph Evans , the "brassard" these days is just a MP patch worn on the flap of the left shoulder pocket.
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CW2 Joseph Evans
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True, but it used to be with multinational forces, the flag would be displayed on the brassard.
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