This is not the America it used to be.
The American flag and patriotism itself is under attack. Recently the Arlington Fire District in Poughkeepsie, New York was the site for the latest battle. The battle was nothing more than a vote by the Fire Commission and it was done.
Old Glory was ordered to be taken down.
The Arlington firemen had placed American flags on their trucks safely and securely at their own union’s expense. In days gone by, the American flag was part of most firetrucks.
As those beautiful red trucks flew through red lights they inspired patriotism and safety that is synonymous with living in the U.S., but no more.
In our politically correct world, the American flag itself is viewed as too prideful or arrogant or downright offensive to be flown on a fire truck.
From the Poughkeepsie Journal:
American flags were removed from three Arlington Fire District trucks Tuesday, sparking heated discussion on social media and disappointment from union members.
Fire Chief Tory Gallante was directed by the Board of Fire Commissioners to remove the flags from the backs of the trucks during Monday’s meeting. He declined to comment on specifics of why the decision was made but said he is “very disappointed with their direction.”
Arlington Fire Commissioner Chairman Jim Beretta said the board majority feel the flags are a “liability during normal operations for our people and other motorists,” and that the board had not been consulted before the flags were mounted.
The flags, which were only recently mounted on the trucks at the request of the union, were removed during a ceremony at Arlington headquarters in the Town of Poughkeepsie Tuesday.
Union President Joseph Tarquinio said he’s disappointed in the board’s direction, but “if we had to take them down, they had to be taken down the right way. At the time when the country needs unity, to do something like this … it’s next to flag-burning in my mind.”
The board voted to the remove the flags in a 3 to 2 vote. It might be time to run some new candidates for the fire board.
If the sight of the American flag bravely flying as our fireman rush to the aid of their fellow man is too much for them…maybe they should look at emigrating to another country.
Is this still America?