2001-10-27 / Letters

Fly It Proudly

Fly It Proudly

Dear Editor;

I am a resident of Dayton Towers and have recently seen the minutes from the August Dayton Towers Security Committee meeting. As I read them, I was stunned and outraged to read that the flagpole and flag were mentioned and in a very negative manner. Someone complained that the brand new flagpoles were a danger since they waver in the wind. 

They went on to say that the flag also shouldn't be flown unless we intended to fly the flags of every other nation. They also mentioned that flags should only be flown outside of places of businesses and not outside our home.

I am more than stunned. The flagpoles were added outside of the 7400 & 7600, 7800 & 8000 as well as 102-00, 103-00, and 105-00 buildings before Labor Day. They were professionally placed there and sway less than the street lamps that exist both on the property and on the street. There was a flag raising ceremony for each of the three flags on Labor Day and Old Glory has been beautifully flying ever since. 

It does my heart good to come home and see the flag waving; a symbol of our nations strength and unity. It was created so that we, the American people can wave it, remember with it, rally behind it and use it as a symbol to honor and cherish. Through times of peace and times of war, people have looked to the flag for support. We raise it to honor new Presidents, holidays, festivities, events, ceremonies, awards and more. We use it as a symbol, a beacon and a way to mark the passing of those who served in the line of duty. But all this means nothing to this one person.

The fact that men and women have died to defend our nation and the right to fly that flag means nothing to this person. True, this persons view was expressed in August prior to September 11th 2001, but the light of that tragedy hasn't changed this one persons outlook.

This individual would like to see our nations pride brought down during the time of its greatest need. This person wants to see other nations flags flying other than our own. How shameful. The other nations flags DO fly... in their own countries! The other countries don't fly the American flag, they fly THEIR OWN! This is America. Land of the free...home of the brave...and now one narrow-minded person challenges that ideal? Again, truly shameful!

I would like to express my deepest apologies to the men, women and children who have died for the honor of having that flag fly outside of Dayton Towers buildings and most humbly ask Dayton Towers to disregard the rants of one very unpatriotic person who has no idea of the true meaning of valor, honor..... America.

WILLIAM J. MOLLOY


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