Mexican Flag Flown Higher Than American Flag
SANTA TERESA — Just across from the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, within sight of the U.S. Border Patrol building, the sand dunes and mesquite don't pay much attention to international borders.You tell'em Hildy!
But some of those who work in the area of the Verde Santa Teresa Bi-National industrial park are very aware of the border, and what it means to be on the northern side.
The park, which houses several facilities built to accommodate suppliers, custom brokers and logistics companies that serve manufacturing facilities in Juárez, flies three flags at the entryway — those of the United States, Mexico and the state of New Mexico.
The rub lies in the fact the American flag is flown slightly lower than that of Mexico, Hildegard Reisencheid said.
"I don't think the Mexican flag should be flown higher than the American flag," said the 48-year-old naturalized American. "This is the American side and I just don't think that's right."
Also, if you'll note the pic above, shouldn't the US flag be in the center? I'm unsure if there's any rule on that or if it's just what I'm used to seeing.
The Congressional Research Service on the U.S. Flag Code, Section 7, in part states: "No other flag should be placed above the United States of America" when flags of multiple countries are flown together. Later, the code states "When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace."I think Ernie should win a kewpie doll! That's exactly right, and if more people took that attitude these days we wouldn't be having a lot of the problems we currently enjoy.
"I don't go flying my German flag above the American flag," Reisencheid said. "I've been in the United States for 30 years. It's a lack of respect. I think it's just because it is in a remote location, a lot of people have not noticed it."
Ernie Vasquez, an Army veteran, agreed.
"As a citizen, I see it as an insult to our country," he said. "There is some disrespect to the flag."
Vasquez, a member of the American Legion Post 36 in El Paso, said he would prefer to see the American flag flown on an equal level as the Mexican flag.
"I don't see why they should be flying another country's flag higher than ours," he said. "I was born here in the U.S. I'm an American first, then later on I am what I am — a human and an ethnic group. That's what I feel."
H/T Dusty Inman Society
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