Drifting in the breeze below it

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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
On the flagpole, a slight afternoon breeze out of the southeast snapped the tattered American flag to life. Drifting in the breeze below it, a yellow flag with a black stripe and the black silhouette of a horse's head waved gently.

The Old Man and the Wasteland By Nick Cole
I'm not sure if "it" refers to the American flag. And I thought "drifting in the breeze" refers to the yellow flag. Thanks in advance
 
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    I agree. The yellow flag is drifting in the breeze below the American flag.

    In the U.S., it's proper protocol to fly the U.S. flag higher than any other flags that may be near it. (When two flags are at the same level, the U.S. flag should be on the right.) That may be why the yellow flag was below it here.
     

    exgerman

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    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    With your punctuation, strictly speaking, the breeze exists only in the space below the US flag. But I think the author means to say that both flags on the same flagpole, the US flag on top and the yellow one below, and both are waving in the breeze.
     
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