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Outrage after HGTV displays American flag as tablecloth

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HGTV has apologized after outcry over an article showing how to use an American flag as a tablecloth for Fourth of July celebrations.

The article on the HGTV website called "Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas showed the Stars and Stripes on a table with plates, silverware and a flowers resting on it.

The U.S. Flag Code has a long list of proper ways to display and respect the flag. Using it as a tablecloth is, obviously, not among the approved uses.

People flooded the popular cable network's Facebook page with comments expressing outrage over the suggestion.

Mark George Maydak posted: "Obviously all of those involved have no respect for their country's symbol. Shameful!"

Candy Zink posted: "Disgusted and disappointed in HGTV showing such callous and deliberate disrespect for our country's flag."

On Wednesday, HGTV took the article down off of its website and posted a message on its Facebook Page saying: "HGTV Fans, regarding the recent article that appeared on our website...This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened. We sincerely apologize and have removed the post from our website. We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people."

HGTV isn't the only company with a questionable use of the flag.  Pottery Barn offers a variety of flag products on its website, including an American Flag Tablecloth, American Flag Napkins and even an American Flag Table Runner.  It offers to add a monogram to the flag for an additional fee.

National Flag Day will be celebrated in the United States on June 14, 2013.

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