American Flags on Highways

Do American flags on highway overpasses offend anyone?

If you get out and ever drive on highways around New Jersey – you’ll surely notice a LOT of U.S. Flags attached to overpasses. Like the one pictured below on Route 78.

Not sure of the exact origin of when this started – but apparently a bunch of Veterans all over the country started doing this as a show of American Pride after September 11, 2001.

One local Jersey guy ex-Marine Nick Sant Foster out of Basking Ridge has a website dedicated to the craft: www.americanflagman.com – and he handles about 100 such flags along the highway, and spends about $800 a year to maintain them (he asks for donations on his website.)

Most state DOT’s technically have regulations that prohibit such displays, regardless of how patriotic they are. But in most cases, they look the other way.

But recently – states have begun cracking down on American Pride – like in Minnesota, Maryland, California, Massachusetts – ordering them to be removed (citing BS reasons like “safety concerns.”)

Is it unpatriotic to “rule” that these flags should be removed?

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8 Comments on "American Flags on Highways"


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3 years 4 months ago

I have no problem with the display of the flag, how could one? I do take exception, however, with the notion that simply displaying a flag is somehow patriotic. In and of itself it is meaningless, like just slapping a “I support the troops” bumper sticker on your car is, by itself, meaningless. Unless you DO something to support the troops or BE a patriot the act is empty. That being said, the American flag man is a vet and in my eyes has earned the right to be called a patriot by serving his country. If he wants you… Read more »

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joey maxim
3 years 4 months ago

supporting our troops is bringing them home alive and not in body bags or tin coffins.i guess after 9/11 many have short memories..wow..a shame ! God bless our troops .[quote comment=”217225″]I have no problem with the display of the flag, how could one? I do take exception, however, with the notion that simply displaying a flag is somehow patriotic. In and of itself it is meaningless, like just slapping a “I support the troops” bumper sticker on your car is, by itself, meaningless. Unless you DO something to support the troops or BE a patriot the act is empty.That being… Read more »

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jcboyz
3 years 4 months ago

Really stupid question!! I love seeing our flag anywhere!

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drdrool
3 years 4 months ago

A law is a law, but if the symbol of this country’s freedom that countless people have died defending offends someone then they should leave.

But everyone has a right to their opinion…. thanks to all the people that have fought for this country and to defend that freedom, which that flag represents!

I love my freedom, my country, and that flag!!!!!!!

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Snip119
3 years 4 months ago

I think the flags should be displayed as long as it doesn’t prevent a driver from seeing a pedestrian or something like that. A TRUE safety issue. And I can’t imagine a vets group placing them in such a way that they would become a hazard. If someone doesn’t like it, then they can go live in whatever country has a flag that they do like. Nobody’s forcing anybody to stay here. We had a guy on the job who constantly complained about the company, bosses, everything. And we would keep telling him, if he thought it was so bad,… Read more »

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Sphynx
3 years 4 months ago

I have seen lots of people fly the flag, it does not mean they respect it. Flags are to be raised quickly and taken down ceremonially. They should be up from sunup to sundown, and left out at night if illuminated. Think about the last time you saw a flag out, did it look well cared for, or was its way to being tattered mess? If you want learn more about fly the flag with respect, contact any of these organisations. The American Legio The Veterans of Foreign Wars The Girl Scouts (where I was color guard and was out… Read more »

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