I don’t know who maintains the U.S .flags in Greater Portland’s tidal flats near bridges, but I urge them to reconsider their efforts.

Our flag, a living symbol, is intended to mark special occasions and to be displayed in places of honor, with dignity, not to be jammed into a rotting piling or a heap of rocks, subject to the whims of weather, celebrating nothing but shallow water and mud.

Perhaps these flags are a remnant of 9-11 patriotic fever, when the colors adorned car antennas, sunglasses, and dog collars.

I understand the urge to fill a barren area with something of interest for passing motorists. Or the passion to display national pride. But in these mudflats, our noble flag is a misguided choice.

Bill Dodson