Skip to comments.American flags allegedly mowed over by city crew
Posted on 06/05/2007 2:04:28 PM PDT by rwh
Members of the American Legion Post 6 spoke out Sunday after a city grounds crew allegedly mowed through, and drove over, nearly 100 American flags honoring the gravesites of war veterans at Olivet Cemetery early last week.
Shock and utter disbelief was the reaction from Legion members such as Ross A. Smith, cemetery chairman with the American Legion.
"This is complete disregard and complete disrespect. You don't treat the American flag like that. That's a symbol of our American nation," Smith said. "As citizens of the United States, we need to honor our veterans 24-7. And for seven days we can't honor them? I'm in total disbelief."
According to Smith, the American flags placed on veteran gravesites the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend remain until the following Saturday.
Smith said that in the past, if the grass needed to be mowed before the seven days had passed, the flags were removed and then replaced when the grounds crew had finished.
The flag desecration was discovered by community volunteer David Heath while making a daily trip to Olivet Cemetery to replace fallen and unserviceable flags with replacements from the American Legion Post 6.
Heath said he was shocked by what he saw.
"They (American flags) were all laying on the ground, just like garbage," Heath said. "If they would have called to say they were mowing, I would have been out there pulling flags in front of them."
In a letter written to the American Legion Post 6, Heath described what he saw after arriving at Olivet Cemetery.
"On Tuesday May 29th or Wednesday May 30th, I picked up numerous flags that were either ran over or cut up by the grass-cutting crew at the cemetery. I could tell the damage was caused by the mowers because I saw wheel marks over the portion of the staff and the condition of some of the flags," wrote Heath.
After spending nearly two hours replacing the flags at the cemetery, Heath returned the damaged flags to the American Legion Post 6 and notified a worker of what he had seen.
Members of the American Legion Post 6 said they want whoever is responsible for the flag desecration to be held responsible and to learn a little flag etiquette.
"The city should be able to assure the citizens that it won't happen again," said Legion member Ed Routon. "They should hold themselves to every standard when representing the American flag."
Offices for the City of Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Department were closed Sunday and were consequently unavailable for comment.
Either it was done purposely or they didn't call because they can't speak English. I hope they track down the culprits.
Dismissal (and probably deportation) are in order.
Hey man, is no our flag.
Remember, these are city employees, probably union. They do what they are told, nothing more nothing less. If nobody TOLD them to move the flags, they didn’t move them. It’s not like union folk can think for themselves or anything. They are not trained to.
I would have expected this in the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of California or Taxachusetts, but Wyoming ??????
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