Ypsi Housing Commission dishonors U.S. flag, a former President, and local veterans (Update1)

January 17, 2007 by  
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January 17, 2007Problem solved.

(January 14, 2007) “Disgusting,” said one local veteran. “No flag would be better than this flag,” said another veteran who had served in Afghanistan. A third offered to go cut the flag down.

Veterans and citizens alike were disturbed to see the condition of the American Flag that has been flying in front of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission administrative offices on Armstrong Street. The Housing Commission is part of the City of Ypsilanti and the former chair of the Housing Commission is now Mayor of Ypsilanti.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm ordered all flags to be flown at half staff for 30 days to honor native son and former President Gerald R. Ford who died in December. Flags are to be flown at half staff until January 25th. President Bush also issued an order to fly flags at half staff.

It is hard to believe the Housing Commission director or employees didn’t notice the condition of the flag as they walk by it every day to enter commission offices.

Besides the tattered condition of the flag, the Housing Commission flag is flown at night and is unlit. The United States Flag Code states that all U.S. flags are to be lowered at sundown unless lit.

January 17, 2007Problem solved. After reading the YpsiNews.com story, a city council member spoke to Mayor Schreiber on Sunday evening about the flag. By Tuesday, Housing Commission officials had cut down the torn flag.


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