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Some see red over no red, white and blue on Veterans Day

Posted November 12, 2008

— Some area residents were still incensed Wednesday that the Haymount Post Office didn't fly the flag on Veterans Day.

In a community so close to Fort Bragg, with so many veterans and military families, they said the flag should have been flying high.

"I think they ought to have done something (Tuesday)," Stedman resident Anne Griffin said. "(With) Fayetteville being an Army town, the people here need to support the veterans and do all we can for them because they fought for us."

Fayetteville businessman Ralph White said he complained to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s office and to 7th District Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office. He said he was assured the flag would be flying next Veterans Day.

"(It's) kind of strange. It used to be the United States Postal Service. Have they changed their name?" Fayetteville resident Janie Burton said.

Enola Rice, a Postal Service spokeswoman in Charlotte, said there was nothing inappropriate about keeping the flag lowered Tuesday. Agency policy requires each post office to fly the flag only during business hours and not on holidays, including Veterans Day, she said.

“It’s not a regular complaint,” Rice said. “The post office loves veterans.”

Griffin was so peeved about the slight that she marched into the Haymount Post Office Wednesday to give the manager an earful.

"(They said) there wasn't anybody there to hang it. Everybody was off. I said, 'Well, y'all need to get on the ball. Get somebody in here. Assign somebody,'" she said.

Rice said it would be impossible for all 38,000 post office locations nationwide to raise their flags on federal holidays.

Residents said flags were flying Tuesday at other post offices in Fayetteville, including the the main office downtown.

"I think it wouldn't have been that difficult for the Postal Service to make sure that it was flying," Fayetteville resident James Lewis said.


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  • zProt Nov 14, 2008

    "As for the other post (zprot) I am not sure if you got your post tangled or not , because I didn't see where any one was asking for any hand outs."

    If the guy wanted a flag up, he should have put one up instead of whining to the PO about it. Contrary to popular belief, us "Libruhls" don't have any qualms with the flag, but we do with those who idolize it at the expense of common sense and decency. It has nothing to do with "supporting" veterans. If you want to support veterans, give them the respect they deserve in the form of proper treatment from the government who hired them (read: post-service support); and it's up to all of us to let them know that we appreciate their service. No flag can ever do that.

    It must be a bittersweet irony for a vet to have difficulty obtaining health care or find a livable wage yet see civilians fight over whether a flag is flown over a PO to "respect" them.

  • ncdixie1 Nov 13, 2008

    This discussion is hard to believe. You mean to tell me you people wouldn't give a few minutes of your time (on your day off) to raise the US Flag in honor of Veterans when they themselves sacrificed so much on your behalf? Don't you realize the freedoms you enjoy today were made possible by the Veterans of yesterday? U N B E L I E V A B L E!
    For those who wouldn't honor our Veterans for whatever your reasons, why don't you move to another country and see how that freedom thing works out for ya?

  • daMoFo Nov 12, 2008

    I'm sure giving the manager an "earful" will accomplish a lot. How about on her next day off, Griffin's boss assign her to come in to do 15 minutes of work then go back home. Maybe next veteran's day, Griffin can be in charge of getting the flag raised at the post office.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Nov 12, 2008

    This is such a stupid complaint. The post office was closed. May be the complainers should volunteer to do the flag raising/lowering work for the post office for no pay.

    This complaint was not worth the pixel it was printed on...

  • M1A1 Tanker Nov 12, 2008

    Agreed Viewer, I do know that some offices, buildings where the colors are posted are kept up 24-7. But I also know thta this is only done if there is a light source on the colors in the time of darkness.

  • Viewer Nov 12, 2008

    I wonder if the complainers went to work on Veterans Day to hang up a flag at their job site? They realize that the flag raisers and flag lowers would be entitled to double time for their trips in. If the PO was closed why add the extra expense. Yes, I'm a vet.

  • M1A1 Tanker Nov 12, 2008

    First off hello to all in GOLO land. Now for comments and questions. Fisrt off It is a form of showing respect for those who have decided not to sit on thier tail bones and have gone and served for their contry and with some paid the ultimate price with their lives. So others can ask stupid questions like why is this news?.!
    As for the other post (zprot) I am not sure if you got your post tangled or not , because I didn't see where any one was asking for any hand outs.
    Now to any I may have offended, I opologize. My father and I served and show my respect to any VET for what THEY have done for OUR country.

  • GravyPig Nov 12, 2008

    I thought this was a news website......I read the whole thing, and didn't see any newsworthy information.

  • averageclone Nov 12, 2008

    Why is this news?

  • zProt Nov 12, 2008

    er, at the risk of sounding.... ANTI-AMERICAN, why didn't the guy complaining get off is proverbial rump and "do something" himself instead of asking for a handout from the government?