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With Canada Day 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.

If for some reason you can’t replace it right away, take it down and go without a flag for a little while.

It’s disrespectful to leave it in place. I’ve been known to call businesses and leave notes in residential mailboxes to let them know just that.

I should add, I’ve called to thank businesses and left written messages of appreciation at homes once their tattered flags have been properly addressed.

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.

Here’s what the agency has to say:

• When affixed to a vehicle, a flag should be on the front, right of the chasis.

• When flown on a pole, a flag should be positioned as close to the top as possible, without hanging over. The exception being when they’re flown at half-mast in mourning.

• In such cases, the flag is to be risen to the top of the pole as it normally would, then lowered slowly halfway back down.

• If flying two flags, the national flag goes on the left.

• If flying three flags – commonly federal, provincial and municipal – the national flag goes in the centre, with the provincial flag on the left and municipal on the right.

• When displayed inside, flags should be flat against a wall or, if on a flagpole, placed on the left side of the focal object.

• The Canada flag takes precedence over all other national flags. Each should be positioned on its own pole, all of equal height, with the Canada flag in the “position of honour” – same as described above.

• There is no description of how to dispose of a tattered flag, other than it should be done in a “dignified way”.

Not satisfied with the vague nature of that last piece of advice, I decided to call the Galt Legion to see what they had to say on the disposal issue.

By happy coincidence, the most appropriate person to ask happened to answer the phone.

Colour Sgt. John Ponsonby’s response to my query took me somewhat aback – “burn it,” he said. “That is the correct procedure, believe it or not.”

My initial surprise subsided the more I thought about it. What better way is there to ensure a flag isn’t resurrected in its tattered condition?

It fills my heart with pride to see so many Canada flags flying in recent days, but it grinds on me to see them used when they’re well past their prime.;