National flags are not merely symbols of a country. Their colors and designs convey past history and future goals. Flags have powerful connotations(内涵). They speak to the people and politicians. People of one country will burn the flag of another with whose politics they do not ae. To show their anger, students display their own nation's flags with the design altered or cut out completely. Dictators fly flags; dissidents(持不同政见者) rip them down. In every country of the world, the treatment of a flag displays an opinion or statement.
Americans take the treatment of their flag seriously and in the 20th century this has ome an important issue. Included in the code of ethics are such rules as the national flag cannot be used for advertising. It cannot cover a monument or any ceilings. It must not be folded while being displayed. No one should write on an American flag. Ships can lower their flags slightly in eting each other, but otherwise should not be dipped for any other object or person.
In the late 1960s, American students wore small flags sewn to the back of their jeans, symbolically insulting the American government and protesting its involvement in the Vietnam War. They burned the American flag in front of the Capitol Building(国会大厦)in Washington as a statement of protest. In the early 1990s, senators suggested an amendment to the Constitution(宪法)that would make this treatment of the flag illegal. The proposition(提议、议案)was opposed ause many others felt that this change would be a violation of Americans' constitutional rights to express their opinions freely.
For all the controversy it is interesting to point out that the United States did not even have a standardized flag until 1912! Called the "Stars and Stripes," or "Old Glory," the flag is one of the most complicated in the world. No other flag needs 64 pieces of fabric to make. The current flag has 13 red and