Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Upside Down Flag At WTC Freedom Tower

Only in America can someone paint or hoist the flag backwards. This kind of reminds me when Jay Leno hits the streets and asks questions such as "how many moons does the Earth have," and people stumble trying to guess.

Images of fluttering American flags were plastered atop the first steel column raised for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site.

But there was an unfortunate error -- the 50 stars were in the wrong place.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, when the flag is displayed vertically, the part of the banner called the union -- the white stars on the field of blue -- should be uppermost and to the observer's left, not right.


"Painting the flag on backwards is kind of embarrassing," said Air National Guard Pvc. Otto Kraatz, of Huntington, who noticed the mistake in a photograph on Newsday's front page Wednesday.

In another story:

"When it's laying down, it's correct," said Bill Dolphin, 73, of Ocala, Fla. "When it gets lifted up into the air, the blue field should be on the other side."

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