Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave? No, not anymore, at least not on the Zakim

State Police report that giant American flag that had been flying from the Zakim supports fell this morning, wrapping up a southbound car in its red, white and blueness, but causing no injuries or other crashes.

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eeek

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not good.

While we're at it. What's up with all the tattered American Flags around town. I know the one on the Tobin is replaced like yearly because its so tattered.

But I thought it was illegal (if my 8th grade "Flag Instruction" memory serves me correctly) to wave a tattered or torn flag.

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Time to burn it?

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Sojourners, and other organizations regularly conduct dignified flag-burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day, June 14.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code

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US Flag Code is not legally

US Flag Code is not legally binding, but rather is a set of guidelines as to the respectful display of the flag. A flag that is dirty should be cleaned (many dry cleaners will actually do this for free), or retired, a flag that is worn & torn should be retired (or repaired, usually the case for larger flags that have tears in them).

Geez! Glad no one was hurt. I

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Geez! Glad no one was hurt. I was just admiring that flag, fully stretched out by a SW wind, on July 4th as I passed under it heading north.

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Progress

From falling concrete ceiling tiles, to light fixtures, to flags.

Except that the first two features, although

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they were poorly designed and/or installed, are necessary for the adequate functioning of the highway. Hanging an oversized American flag directly above live traffic lanes isn't.

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