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?

8 Responses

  1. prag says:

    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 display the flag more power to him. I wish I could claim to have done as much for my country as he has.

    • joey maxim says:

      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 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 display the flag more power to him. I wish I could claim to have done as much for my country as he has.[/quote]

  2. jcboyz says:

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

  3. drdrool says:

    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!!!!!!!

  4. Snip119 says:

    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, go work somewhere else. He finally did get another job. For exactly three weeks. He asked for his old job back, was told they would not match the pay, he took the old pay, came back, and never complained again. So you don’t like this and that about the country – go try living someplace else. Lets see how fast you come back. (Hey, try living in one of these other countries who tries you for treason the instant you got something to say about their flag or their government. Then you’d appreciate living here.)

  5. Sphynx says:

    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 at dawn to hoist the flag and at sunset to take it down)
    The Boy Scouts

  6. lunchmeat says:

    What could be more patriotic than being blindly bureaucratic?

  7. Ed A says:

    One correction to the author of this article. With respect to all the services members the Marines should be noted as former Marines not X-Marines. I enlisted in the Corp when I was 17 years old to go to Vietnam, after boot camp I took it a step further and went to advanced training and was injured and ended up getting a medical/honorable discharge. So needless to say I never made it to Vietnam. During this period I spent a month in the VA hospital with the troops from all branches coming back from the war. After seeing my fellow Marines as well as other service members with missing limbs, mental disorders and brutal disfigurements that you can’t fathom it became clear that I didn’t even belong in the same room as these people. This was a sad period in our nations history when our troops were spit on for defending our country. It’s irrelevant whether we should have gone to war or not since this came from Washington not from our troops. All Americans love and respect our flag but with respect to the people who defended it in any period of our Nations history it has a special meaning which can’t be taken away. As far as I’m concerned our flag should stand proud on every corner in every town in America.

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