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Old 02-19-2011, 03:02 PM
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I have an odd statement to add, more of a second thought. First, I spent eight years in the USMC, and may be a tad on the extreme side.

I think if someone is going to wear a U.S. flag patch on their vest/jacket, not only should placement of the flag be considered, but also the maintanance and cleanliness of that patch be considered as well. My placement is top left on my vest, nothing goes above it. If I'd have the USMC or any other state/branch of service flag near it, it would be 5/8" below and to the right to demonstrate respect. When I say maintanance and cleanliness, I personally consider it offensive to see splattered bugs or road grime on it. That's just my opinion.

I love to see the flag "unfurled to every breeze" (second verse of the Marine Corps hymn), which I believe is why a flag patch on the right sleeve, with the stars to the right, is the only appropriate location for that patch, to demonstrate the flag moving foward from that angle.

Great question and consideration from my perspective. Thanks to past and present service members, and to those patriotic citizens who recognize the sacrifices made.

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top left on my vest as well
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:19 PM
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To each his own. Some VMC have a specific lay out that must be followed. Each person has a place they think it should go.. I am currently serving in the US Army...15 yrs now and am just glad to see people wear it and show some pride, but like stated try keep it clean.
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Back before ACUs and all their glorious velcro. When we first started wearing Old Glory on our shoulder. The proper placement of the patch was BELOW our combat patch. First off I got in trouble because I sewed them on opposite. I placed the flag above my combat patch. Then after that I just quit wearing my combat patch so that the flag was on the top of the sleeve. The point is, and has already been made several times here, NOTHING goes above the US Flag. Now on our ACUs the flag is the top patch on the sleeve.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:41 PM
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The American flag should always be displayed above all others and to the viewer’s right; therefore placement on the wearers left above the heart is appropriate.
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My flag goes on a pole in the front yard. It comes down at dusk and is folded properly. Neighbor down the street has this dirty poor flag that hangs out on his porch 24/7. Another guy near here has a sorry-*** excuse of a flag -- filthy and ripped -- attached to his pickup bed. I hate that stuff...
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Interesting reading, and as you can see somewhat confusing as a Marine vet I want to fly my flags right so I did some research. There really is no protocol for wearing on a vest or civilian clothes, other then a lapel pin. Only on uniforms as others have already stated. However there seems to be a big misconception about where the flag should fly. Nothing should be right of the flag or it should fly right of itself. That means as the viewer looks on it should be to the left, this is on flag poles and such. Look at pics of the oval office the American flag on the right of the president (the place of honor the right hand) and the presidential flag on the left hand. This is true at all state capitals the U S flag on the right or viewers left and the state flag on the viewers right. They can fly and should fly at the same level. there is a lot of info out there, just not much on wearing the flag on clothing.

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I have an odd statement to add, more of a second thought. First, I spent eight years in the USMC, and may be a tad on the extreme side.

I think if someone is going to wear a U.S. flag patch on their vest/jacket, not only should placement of the flag be considered, but also the maintanance and cleanliness of that patch be considered as well. My placement is top left on my vest, nothing goes above it. If I'd have the USMC or any other state/branch of service flag near it, it would be 5/8" below and to the right to demonstrate respect. When I say maintanance and cleanliness, I personally consider it offensive to see splattered bugs or road grime on it. That's just my opinion.

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I understand what you mean by cleanliness, but if you saw mine you might take offense to it. The flag patch on my vest also happens to by the first flag I wore into combat on my uniform. It is a little dingy looking but is as clean as it would come. I coulda put a new one on it but this one means so much more to me than a nice new pretty one. Its a good conversation starter. I get asked all the time why it is backwards (stars on the right side).
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OK, don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I have a cloth vest with the H-D shield on the back. I've always wanted to put a "good sized" American flag above the shield, with a smaller Texas flag below the shield. Never thought this would offend anyone, but now I'm not sure. I never served, but feel I'm as patiotic as anybody here. What about that?

THANK YOU to all that have served or are serving (in any capacity) so that I may sit here and enjoy being with a group of people that I will never met, but feel a close bond to, and not have to worry about any repercussions from some f'ing lunatic that wants to tellme I can't.
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That's were I have mine, nothing goes above the flag on my vest.
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