Georgia state law prohibits “mutilating, defacing, burning, or trampling” the American flag. Someone forgot to inform the pyrotechnics guy for the Atlanta Braves.
The Atlanta Braves treated their fans to the wrong kind of fireworks display before their home opener yesterday. Rather than light up the sky and burn out, the Roman candle-like bursts hit the American flag. Luckily for Old Glory, the Braves fly a flame retardant flag (give the guy a raise who made that wise decision). The fire burned some holes in the banner. But it remained otherwise intact. The club replaced the flag with a new one on Thursday and promised to never, ever, ever again shoot fireworks off from its jumbotron underneath the flagpole.
Though the flaming flag burned the eyes of patriotic onlookers, it put a visual to another pregame ritual….
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
You heard Francis Scott Key right. Turner Field is the home of the Braves.
Photo Credit: Julie Paulk