2001-09-29 / Letters

Stolen Flags, Stolen Honor

Stolen Flags, Stolen Honor

Dear Editor:

In response to the letter to the Editor, from Barbara Rios (9-22-01), concerning people who took her American Flag.

I have a similar problem, but on a larger scale. I personally bought 1 gross (144) American Flags to decorate Beach 116th Street for Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th and Labor Day. For all the above occasions I have decorated Beach 116th Street. I was always amazed and hurt when the American Flags were taken.

On Memorial Day, I decorated Beach 116th Street to show respect to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives; so that I, and millions of Americans could be free. As I watched the surviving Veterans marched down Rockaway Beach Blvd., very proud, I looked at the lovely display of American Flags, which I placed to greet the Marchers, I was in shock, most of them had been stolen.

Holiday after Holiday, I never complained about the missing flags, but when I put them out last week to show that Rockaway is not only a very American Community, but we are also in mourning. I wanted the World to know, we not only mourn our losses but we will always be Proud to Fly the American Flag.

I am sorry to say not only are all the flags gone…But the Tribute which I intended was also gone.

To the people who took the American Flags, you not only desecrated my tribute, you also broke one of God’s Commandments. THOU SHALL NOT STEAL!

BARBARA J. MORRIS


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