Letters: Flags need replacing

Tattered Canadian flags show disrespect and should be replaced

Time to take down those tattered, faded Canada flags.

With Remembrance Day ceremonies completed for another year and national pride still top-of-mind, I thought it an appropriate time to address one of my pet peeves — tattered flags.

There’s really no excuse for allowing a faded and torn flag to hang — be it at home or the office or a particular Marina located on Sooke Road.

If for some reason you can’t replace it right away, take it down and go without a flag for a little while. This really isn’t hard to do.

It’s disrespectful to leave it in place.  There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to flag flying rules, but Heritage Canada does provide a few “guidelines” for people to follow — all generally accepted customs around the world.

As a proud resident of Sooke, born and raised on Vancouver island this particular day I drove down to speak with the owners of this Marina. Having had three generations serve for our country my poppy was over my heart. Unfortunately, the conversation turned from a simple request to an all out heated discussion.

Perhaps others within our community support my concern and are just as willing to make it their business for I do believe we have an obligation in keeping community standards held in the highest regard.

Steeped in pride,

Rein Widenmaier

Sooke

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