Viral Flag Photograph Causes Controversy

Viral Flag Photograph Causes Controversy

July 28, 2016

Viral Flag Photograph Causes Controversy

It began as a simple family photo session.  The magical moments of a beautiful newborn captured forever.  But when Navy veteran turned professional photographer Vanessa Hicks,  posted the photo she took of little Landon Clevenger in a hammock made of an American flag being held by his active-duty father in his military uniform it caused a storm of opinions to rain down on her decisions.

 

“This is what he was fighting for, his son wrapped in an American flag,” Hicks told ABC News.  Hicks quickly began receiving hundreds of messages about the post.  The messages ranged from intense anger that the flag was being desecrated to prose of support for the beauty of the image.

 

“The flag is not a prop,” wrote the unnamed person behind the page, which focuses on highlighting bad photography from around the Internet. “To use the American flag in such a way is disrespectful, rude, tacky, disgusting, and against the U.S. Flag Code.”

According to USFlag.org,

“The Federal Flag Code has guidelines for the treatment of the U.S. flag, including rules against letting the flag touch the ground, against it being worn as apparel, and against it being used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything”.

Hicks was torn by the negative feedback and questioned herself and her decision to keep the image online.  Then she recalls, “I had a disabled veteran tell me ‘this is what I fought for,'” she said.   Hicks, whose husband is active-duty Navy, says “I do believe that this picture right here shows what it means to be an American. That flag, the uniform, that baby — exactly what every service member is out there fighting.” Hicks said.

 

“[My husband] wouldn’t die for a flag, he would die for the freedoms that this country offers,” she told ABC News.

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27 Responses

Nancy Boynton
Nancy Boynton

October 04, 2016

While I agree that it is a beautiful picture and it brings a strong sense of patriotism to my heart. In addition, It does represent the reason we exist in America in a nut shell, for love and country. I know what my father would say, “that is disrespectful to our flag. Our flag is not a hammock or a diaper.” That is exactly what he would say and he fought in two major wars for this country. Would he be wrong? No. But we are a free country and people can do as they wish, even with our flag. So, I have made my opinion and comment open to your vision. Please feel free to complain, it is a free country. A lot of people would not complain and just shake their heads in silence rather than waste time trying to explain something the posts on this site do not understand. Best regards, Nancy

Lu Best
Lu Best

October 03, 2016

It represents the future generations of war and peace, and the present and past men and women who fought and died for this country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Danny Agee
Danny Agee

August 03, 2016

I do not usually post on heree. I know that as an old white veteran, my opinions probably stir up the crazies out there. I find it strange that people can BURN it, WEAR it, SPIT on it, etc, but yet a an active duty military person can not take what I consider a beautiful picture using it. It is the very thing that our military and veterans honor the most. Something is seriously wrong with the outrage. But hey, I am just an old soldier,

Katherine Simpson
Katherine Simpson

August 02, 2016

For family and country that’s what I see ??

Pamela Bates
Pamela Bates

July 31, 2016

I love this photograph <3 There is absolutely no disrespect intended. Unfortunately, there are people in the world today who are looking for any reason to start a fight. This photo is sweet.

Carla Seymour
Carla Seymour

July 31, 2016

This photograph is beautiful, its different representstations are beautiful, how long has it been since our legal system enforced the laws of the flag, you have people stepping on it burning it and your throwing a fit about this. Absolutely Beautiful!!!!!!!

Dale Grider
Dale Grider

July 31, 2016

Beautiful thought and image. I have a difficult time seeing our flag being burned in protest; but to object to it’s use for a photo that shows nothing but love for our military families makes me wonder why I fought for our freedoms.

arjay fiori
arjay fiori

July 30, 2016

I would rather see a baby in it for protection then some ass standing it,,

Michelle O
Michelle O

July 30, 2016

As a patriotic American, I think this picture is beautiful! This photographer got it right. Don’t second guess your artistic vision for those without open minds!! Keep up the great work.

Berta Vargas
Berta Vargas

July 30, 2016

The picture doesn’t seems to be disrespectful. A baby is not a “thing” but a human being. Son or daughter of a soldier and maybe in the future a proud military of USA

Jo Lynn McGarr
Jo Lynn McGarr

July 30, 2016

Being so ridged and extreme is not what we need. Its a baby, an American baby obviously, I think its cleaver and with a soldier there you can bet the flag was respected. Relax breathe. See it for what it is.

Steven Ball, USN Retired
Steven Ball, USN Retired

July 30, 2016

I agree that cradling a new born baby does not meet US Flag Code Standards, I would much rather see this image than that of people standing on, burning, or wiping their asses with the symbol of America. I served on active duty from 1969 to 1992. I am proud of my service to my country, and would do it again. This image of a Sailor cradling his baby in our flag, arouses a since of pride in me. It gives me hope for the future of our children and grandchildren. This image makes me happy to be an American. Don’t be swayed by the nay sayers, keep it online. Thank you.

Danielle
Danielle

July 30, 2016

We allow people to burn the flag but they can’t place a baby on it? What has this country come to? We are a sad, pathetic excuse for what use to be a great nation. My husband has served almost 20 yrs., for our ability to have a free nation and the only thing that has happened in 8 yrs is for other people to have more rights than we do. Get your heads out of your rearend and do something to show your gratitude instead of being part or the ignorant human beings now populating this once great nation. Proud Active duty wife who is tired of people and their complaints who are not willing to do anything to remedy it. Shut up or put up..

Linda
Linda

July 30, 2016

It is a proud American who wraps their preciuos child in our country’s flag. My father, brothers, son, cousins and friends have all served and would be equally proud to have provided the safety represented under The American Flag. Anyone who wants to quote protocols should consider the many who deface our flag. I personally feel it was done honorably and with great appreciation.

Marjorie Peyton
Marjorie Peyton

July 30, 2016

I do believe that people should have less time on their hands to worry about a Beautiful Photo of Our Flag Showing What All Are Fighting For then actually what the Flag is being used for. It is an expression of what the USA is supposed to be standing for. The American People not just the flag it’s self. I LOVE IT

Rose
Rose

July 30, 2016

I think the picture is so beautiful. It almost brought a tear to my eye! God bless America.

Bettymarie
Bettymarie

July 30, 2016

Your in the military an you show disrespect to the American flag

Chris Hoskeer
Chris Hoskeer

July 30, 2016

This what I served for. The image of the next generation wrapped in our flag, and all the dreams and rights it stands for is a poignant and powerful image. We who have served didn’t do it for some political position or statement, we did it to keep our country, our brothers and sisters and our children safe and secure.

Chris Hoskeer
Chris Hoskeer

July 30, 2016

This what I served for. The image of the next generation wrapped in our flag, and all the dreams and rights it stands for is a poignant and powerful image. We who have served didn’t do it for some political position or statement, we did it to keep our country, our brothers and sisters and our children safe and secure.

Ron lovell
Ron lovell

July 30, 2016

This man has every right to love his new born wrap with the flag of the country he loves and serves..nobody says a thing when the flag is wrap around a hot you naked women..who is getting paid to wear the flag… For everyone to see… We should be thankfull this man leaves his home wife and newborn to protect the un gtatefull… Jerks………i surport him

Emily
Emily

July 30, 2016

When I look at the photo,I see a American baby Proud to be born in the U.S.A….and our freedom from " Our Troops " Beautiful pic…a sad pic is Our American Flag being destroy by idiots with fire!! God Bless The U.S.A.

Dana hirsch
Dana hirsch

July 30, 2016

This is beautiful. All of it. I suppose if you had a towel, table cloth, blanket, sweatshirt…or something else that had the American flag design it would appease everyone? Maybe maybe not. I stand with the entire concept. Beautiful! Love it!

tim
tim

July 30, 2016

i know what the flag rules are but i really se nothing wrong with it in general but people get bent out of shape for the smallest of reasons these days they want to control all the time and use the rules to do it but i see nothing wrong with the picture

bubba j lee
bubba j lee

July 30, 2016

I think it is a beautiful picture american laws seem a bit strict how can it be disrespectful when he is celebrating his new born child and the country he is fighting and protecting all the haters need to shake their heads and give the soilder the respect he well DESERVES

Mary Lindsey
Mary Lindsey

July 30, 2016

This photo IS AMERICA !!!

Donna
Donna

July 30, 2016

This picture is very American & beautiful! It expresses our freedom we all have & enjoy living in this great USA ??!

Cathy Grippando
Cathy Grippando

July 30, 2016

This beautiful picture shows LOVE of Country, LOVE of Freedom, LOVE of Family all that America stands for…

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