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Where is this flag? Some long forgotten battle field or lost U.S. Outpost?

Where is this flag? Some long forgotten battle field or lost U.S. Outpost? ? Not a chance. Members of our Armed Service's would never abandoned the symbol a United States Of America.

No unfortunately, this symbol of our great nation and boundless freedom, flies, forgotten, unattended and uncared for right in our own backyard.  

I can only attribute this embarrassing display to the laziness and dare I say, disrespect of the Bellmore NY Little League. The blame however does not stop there, but must be shared equally by the Bellmore School District (who teach our children to pledge allegiance to the flag everyday in school)as well as the residents of Bellmore who have shown indifference to our nations banner.  

As many of you are aware this flag resides at Bruce Gary Little League field in Bellmore NY on the property of the Bellmore School District. What is even more disgraceful is that the Bruce Gary Field is named for a fallen hero. A local friend, father and neighbor who unselfishly gave his life in attempt to save others at the World Trade Center on 9-11. As even more of an affront, Bruce Gary had been vice president of the Bellmore Little League.  

I have personally asked, on at least five separate occasions, for the little league coaches and/or members of the little league themselves to take this flag down. However, it remains flying, a slap in the face to those who would defend it.  

This is the second year in a row that the flag has been left flying without being attended to in the slightest. Inexplicably, this particular flag is a non-weather flag that has been flying, now in shreds for 24 hours a day without a second thought by those who raised it.  

Is this the respect we give our country and our fallen heros? No wonder people around world have lost their respect for the U.S.A. If we don't show respect for our own country, why should others?  

Sincerely,  
A Disappointed Neighbor
(Name Withheld)    


United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag; (From http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm)  
§6. Time and occasions for display
a. It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed  twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness c. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.   §8. Respect for flag
k. The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning
angela January 08, 2013 at 06:35 PM
How disgraceful!
T. Flag January 09, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Thanks to the Bellmore Patch this flag was lowered this morning. I believe the Bellmore Schools took it down, not Bellmore Little League. Since this is the second year in a row this has happened, what preventive measures will they take to prevent it from happening again?
Joseph Maniscalco January 09, 2013 at 11:09 AM
You would think that people have some sense of compassion for a league that is trying to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. It was clearly an oversight and not meant in any way to disrespect the veteran's. To say this was disgraceful is simply irresponsible and meant to create more problems. Be part of the solution not part of the problem. Everyone in Bellmore, including the Little League, are dealing with many challenges from the Hurricane and this mere oversight should not be used to create dissension in a community that should come together. And for the anonymous neighbor, if it was that important to you, I would have more respect for you if you would identify yourself. Then, at least, one could say that the person is not merely trying to create trouble but really feels passionate about their position. God Bless America
Ralph A. January 09, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I had always thought a ripped or weathered American Flag was bad enough. But still that flag was flying like this for a long time even before Sandy hit and probably even before Hurricane Irene in 2011. I'm sure Sandy helped destroy it furthure. Still there is no excuse for not replacing it (or at least taking it down until it can be replaced) with it being in that condition.
T. Flag January 09, 2013 at 12:39 PM
For Mr. Maniscalco, The flag was raised in April or May and never attended too. Last year the flag was raised in April or May and was taken down months later at the end of the season. It is obvious that the issue has nothing to do with Sandy, but is the product of laziness or dare I say, disrespect! Let me remind you of two facts; first, a flag is NOT suppose to displayed at night unless properly illuminated. Second, league coaches and/or members were asked to lower the flag LONG before Sandy. The real question here is not who wrote this article, IT IS, WILL IT HAPPEN AGAIN?
Jenny Yin January 09, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Great post.
BMPARENT January 09, 2013 at 02:44 PM
And a Disappointed Neighbor, Ralph A. and T. Flag have passed this flag and "watched" it but never once did any of you do the honor of taking it down. Talk about disgrace and laziness. You three need to take a long look in the mirror. What you don't know is that the Bellmore Little League inquired about lighting but the request was denied because it would disturb the NEIGHBORS!
T. Flag January 09, 2013 at 03:29 PM
For BMPARENT... In past years, the flag has been lowered and returned to the league by its friends and neighbors, but to no avail. It was raised again within a week and left flying. So what is a neighbor to do? I guess your solution is to let the league put a light up and waste the money of our children and neighbors so they don't have to be responsible to take it down? No, the solution provided by this web site makes more sense. Make people aware of the problem so MAYBE it won't happen again. I believe my mirror agrees with this solution, how about yours?
Ralph A. January 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I don't live in that area of Bellmore, and it really shouldn't be a concern of mine, right? I may hate this country for the government that's running it. But at least I do show RESPECT for what it's worth. That flag was disrespect. But that's only my opinion. However, do I have the right to personally take that flag down. No. It's like going on someone property to take down theirs.
BMPARENT January 09, 2013 at 04:42 PM
@T. Flag, You do know it all. So let's put you in charge of getting volunteers to raise and lower the flag on a daily basis during the baseball season. I hope that Bellmore Little League will do their best to resolve this issue but I do think that you are not taking into consideration that the men that run the league, do so voluntarily and are trying hard to improve it. For the record, you are wrong, Bellmore Little League took the flag down.
FedUpRealist January 09, 2013 at 05:24 PM
How's that "Hope and Change" treatin' everybody??

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