OK, this is probably not a big deal to most people. But for those that believe in proper U.S. flag etiquette, several members of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team have been breaking an important flag rule with their swim caps during the Olympics.
Here’s the deal: The swim cap for the U.S. Olympic Team has a flag on just one side this year, something that irked Michael Phelps prior to the game. That flag should be worn on the left side of the head so that the stars are facing forward. This is so the flag looks like it is flapping in the wind as the person is moving forward.
As you can see on Elizabeth Beisel’s cap below, when the cap is backwards, the flag is on the right and the stars are to the left. It may seem odd, since we are not used to seeing the stars on the right, but when a flag is on the right side of a person or vehicle, it should have the stars to the right, as seen on General David Petraeus in the image below.
Not the biggest deal in the world, but it is wrong (click on image for a larger version)…
Photo: NBC Sports and Wikimedia Commons
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