Letter to the Editor

Respect the flag

To the editor: I attended the Cantwell Elementary School in the late ’60s. Every morning we raised the American and Alaskan flags. Every afternoon we lowered and folded them. We learned about the flags. We learned about the Stars and Stripes and why it is the color it is. We learned about how and why to respect it. Lately, I have been seeing that flag disrespected — sometimes not displayed at half staff or not being taken down at night.

You may display the flag at night if it is has a light shining on it. See U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1. Through maybe an oversight, the Cantwell flag was not put at half staff on Sept.11. I asked them to lower it and they did. Last weekend I drove by one evening and I noticed the flag was flying with no light. I contacted the Denali Borough School District superintendent on the following Monday and he assured me the matter would be taken care of. On my drive tonight, Sept. 25, there is still no change — dark and the flag is flying with no light.

Do these folks not care or respect the men and women who have fought and died for those colors? Are the children even being taught about our flag?

Pretty much the same story is with the Cantwell trooper post. I contacted the supervisor at the Fairbanks post, and he told me the matter would be dealt with. Pretty much the same story as the school district.

Please show respect or remove the flag.


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