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Letter: Berwyn residents concerned about flag display

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT

Residents concerned about flag display

To the editor:

We are very disturbed and concerned over the apparent lack of consistent adherence to the proper display of the American flag – especially with regard to honoring fallen heroes and dignitaries.

As veterans, we organized a program in our community in an effort to provide American flags for prominent display in public places.

However, especially on days of public mourning, such as the recent anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, we noticed with great despair that in our community while the post office and City Hall had the flag appropriately at half-mast, many other flags had not been lowered – such as in front of banks and public schools.

The lack of following protocol regarding the display of the American flag by public institutions in general is ongoing and a source of personal disappointment to us especially when fallen heroes or dignitaries who have served their community should be honored by display of the flag at half-mast.

Our concern extends to those whose job it is to lower or raise the flag appropriately – in our community as well as in general. There does not seem to be consistent adherence to the National guidelines set for display of the American flag, and we find this inexcusable and very disrespectful.

Rick Toman and Gil Pena

Co-chairmen, Flags for Berwyn

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