Editorial Salute - 2/7/13 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Editorial Salute - 2/7/13

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Well, here we go again, with restrictive, or even unpatriotic, regulations imposed by apartment complex management, this time in Virginia.  Army National Guardsman, Tyler Barge, who deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, received a notice that the American flag he was displaying had to be removed from his patio.  There have been other such instances, and removal orders issued around the country where residents have been told they can't display our nation's flag, because, as you well know, the last thing we ever want to do is offend anyone by sight, sound, or by pantomime in suspenders and a silly hat.  So let's take a look at just how flagrant, Mr. Barge's flag-display was……..

Yep, that's it, there in the coffee cup. Indeed an eye-sore, especially as it over-looks a back-of-the-complex open-space, and a steep, tree-covered embankment, certain to be viewed daily by countless, confused drivers heading to work across that dirt field.  No wonder the all-protecting management-team had to crack down on his crass disobedience.

So, why does he display our nation's banner?  Said Mr. Barge:  "I like to keep a flag on display in honor of those who died fighting for our freedom.  I had the privilege of coming home, and they didn't.  I try to do what I can to keep their memory alive."  We salute Army Specialist Barge, for his feelings toward his fallen comrades, and for the proud, patriotic-reverence with which he views our deeply-symbolic flag. And for anyone who takes, even the slightest offense at the sight of America's beautiful and historic flag of freedom.  Pack and get out.  You don't belong here. 

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