"as if you might somehow fail to remember what country you woke up in this morning."
I won't get into the trail marker debate, but I have a funny answer for why the flags are there. At first, there were no flags on the markers, and the markers kept getting vandalized, stolen, or knocked down. Another trail group told the Friends of the Peak that American flags would help stop the destruction (this was closer to 9/11 and before the Iraq war was quite so unpopular, so the flag had a little more heft in stirring sentiment than it might now.)
So, FOTP stuck flag stickers on almost every marker.
Did it work? I once asked club president Mary Burger.
"Not really," she said.
You know what I bet would work better? A cute picture of kittens.