Should the U.S. Dip the Flag to U.K. Dignitaries?

This controversial non-gesture may be ending very soon.

Reuters is reporting that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is considering an end to the long standing tradition of not dipping the American flag to the dignitaries of the host country during the Olympics' Opening Ceremony.

"We have traditions, Britain has traditions, everybody has traditions but we're still talking internally but it is not an issue we see as a big issue," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun to Reuters.

The tradition started in 1908, when the Olympics were first held in London. The flag bearer of the US team refused to dip the flag as a sign of respect to the King of England. 

Subsequent flag bearers had dipped the flag in Olympics in the 1920s and 1930s, but the team refused to dip the flag to Adolf Hitler during the Berlin Olympics in 1936, and has not done so since.

Is this non-gesture a non-issue? Should the American flag be dipped to foreign dignitaries as a sign of respect? Tell us in the comments!

Debbie F July 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
No, the U.S. should not change the long living non-gesture just as the President of the United States of America should not bow to a Saudi King. These subtle gestures are a true sign of a weaken America. What will be next? Many American lives were lost so that we would never have to bow/dip our flag to a British King. Stand up for America!
Shelly July 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I agree with your reply wholeheartedly, Debbie.
jm July 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I say do what the other countries do. If they dip their flag as a show of respect then we shouldn't show our arrogance by refusing to dip. Then, when we are truly indignant, we can decide not to dip our flag and it will mean something. The UK is now our strongest ally, and they have changed in the last 200 years, they deserve our respect. China, not so much, so not dipping in 2008 would have been appropriate.


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