"The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery." (Flag Code, Section 8d)
I heard on TV that Olympic medalist Katherine Reutter (who lists shopping as one of her favorite activities) is now from Northbrook, so I am hoping someone who knows her family will read this and let her know that the American Flag is not a fashion item; it is not a shawl; it is not a scarf to drape around ones shoulders during TV interviews. (And yes, she seemed quite proud of wearing the US Flag around her shoulders) Her disrespect of the flag is surely borne of ignorance and no ill will, but nevertheless it is wrong.
Why doesn't the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) take the time to teach our young athletes that part of representing our country is to treat the flag appropriately and with respect?