This tattered, lifeless piece of cloth is so faded and torn it is almost unrecognizable as an American flag. It hangs limply on Taft Elementary School's flagpole, just a few blocks from our home in Redwood City. Sadly, it has become such a common sight in our local neighborhoods we almost don't notice it. Every day, we drive by schools and businesses that pay no attention to the condition of the flag they fly. Some schools simply choose not to fly a flag at all. Perhaps this is less shameful than leaving up a wind shredded piece of cloth year after year.
How can our children grow up with respect for our country when we have no respect whatsoever for something so symbolic of our freedom? While school budgets are tight, certainly there must be a priority in the budget to keep the American flag is a respectful condition.
What can we do as a community to help encourage businesses and schools to pay attention to such an important symbol of our great country? There are several local schools that celebrate multicultural month in January and February. What better time to come together and work on this important project?