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Sunday, October 13, 2013


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

A new movie, "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS", is currently being shown in theatres.

For the best effect, please be sure and watch, in "FULL SCREEN" mode, this automated series of video recordings collected from the YOU TUBE web site.

In the midst of the general patriotic euphoria of celebrating Captain Richard Phillip's heroic rescue by our beloved United States Navy, I do hate to be a wet blanket and spoil everyone's party.

However, am I the ONLY person who observed the crew of the MV MAERSK ALABAMA improperly handling and displaying the United States Flag?

The flag is NEVER to be worn as an article of clothing, nor draped around a person's shoulders.

When displaying the flag, the blue field of white stars is always to be in the upper left corner of the person viewing it.

When not being displayed, the flag is to be respectfully folded into a triangular shape.

You would think that United States Merchant Marine sailors, even if they are civilians, would know how to do those things.

After all, all Boy Scouts are taught that, aren't they?

Aren't all military personnel given that instruction as part of their Basic Combat Training?

Maybe things have changed since I was young, oh, so many long years ago.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee 
1800 Beach Drive, Unit 311 
For a larger view of the MV MAERSK ALABAMA,
please click on the photograph.

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