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Dear Editor:

On April 16 a letter to the editor from Larry Stevenson appeared regarding the American flag being removed from the altars of some our local churches. As Larry pointed out, it seems that taking the flag out of our sanctuaries is becoming an unfortunate trend.

There is this idea of the “separation of church and state.” Old Glory represents freedom and not the separation of church and state. It has symbolized that ever since Betsy Ross presented her handmade flag to the American soldiers. Don’t believe those who would say that the American flag has no place in our sanctuaries. From the time of the founding of our country, our flag has always been placed in sacred places where it could be seen, honored and respected.

This includes churches.

The notion of separating flag and church is nothing more than a twisted idea born in the wildly liberal 1970s. The so-called “separation” has nothing to do with the Constitution or the Bill of Rights and those documents do not support that thought at all.

Since I was a little boy I have always seen the flag in every sanctuary I’ve been in. But now we’re seeing those influenced by the liberal, secular ’70s having no respect for the flag and even removing it from the church. To me this is a desecration of Old Glory. We who served our country either in wartime or peacetime, were proud to wear the uniform of our country and to honor the flag that we so proudly saluted.

We can honor our flag in many ways. An example is Memorial Day when the 40 & 8 will ceremoniously retire a couple hundred flags at noon in Liberty Park and then will carefully dispose the grommets from those flags.

I ask that all Americans practice their patriotism and pay the proper respect that is due our flag which went into battle with so many of us and is laid across our caskets when we die. It belongs in our most sacred place of honor — our church altars. Nothing is to be gained by removing the American flag.

Think about it.

Tony Gallagher

Commander, 40 & 8

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