The Needham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2498 is saddened and disheartened to learn of the vandalism of American Flags at Memorial Park during the 4th of July weekend. Several flags were burned or stolen.
These flags are provided to a Needham citizen who volunteers to place the flags along the Park at many patriotic observances in town. We do not know if this was a protest, or just vandalism.
Flag burning itself is a right as a form of protest, and while we may not like it, it is a constitutional right we, as Veterans, fought to preserve.
When asked why this citizen displays the flags, she answered, “I put these flags out to remember how lucky we are to be Americans, to remember our men and women who have, and currently, fight for our freedom and for those heroes that gave the ultimate sacrifice and their families. These flags mean a lot to me.”
She continued, “I hope they find who did this. I would love to have them help me put out the flags on August 7th for Purple Heart Day. We need to respect each other and live the golden rule. ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. God Bless America... we need it right now.”
Speaking on behalf of the members of our post, we agree with her.
Dana M Storrs, Commander
Thomas Keating, Chaplain
Lt. Manson H Carter Post 2498
Veterans of Foreign Wars