We had a discussion about Flag Day late afternoon Monday and in the end I made the decision that our everyday U.S. flag on the front page would suffice.
I got a couple of messages from readers today who were very unhappy that the flag didn’t make a larger presence on our front page and in our newspaper on Tuesday, June 14: Flag Day. But the larger issue for one reader was the lack of flags around town as well. She saw very few displayed on a day in which it’s supposed to be flown with pride.
“Did everyone forget?” Martha Gordon said. “I’m very disappointed.”
I assured her that I would keep it in mind for next year and promised to have a flag present for July 4.
It didn’t help matters much that as I was talking to her, our head of production Darryl Ayers was telling me about a problem with the flag on our building. A storm over the weekend damaged the fastening mechanism. As a result, our flag was limp and lifeless — not the way it’s supposed to be displayed. A customer called us on it and we tried to repair it before taking it down. Another will be in its place on Wednesday.