We're having a local 5k run/walk and purchased some 2 foot tall handles with American Flags. It was in with other 4th of July items. Would it be disrespectful to have volunteers along the course use the flags to help guide runners in the right direction and offer encouragement? They would be holding them in their hand the entire time. To clarify this is not an event on 4th of July nor is it an event tied to veterans or the country. Just a local event & 5k run/walk. Volunteers would be directed to keep the flags off the ground at all times and return them once the race is over.