Veterans Make Last Attempt to Ease Flag Restrictions

 On Wednesday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. a group of veterans will place about 100 small flags on the front lawn of the State Senate next to the replica of the Liberty Bell.

             On Thursday, April 15th, they will hold a Flag Rally at the State Capitol from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (separate from Tea Party events) and will deliver petitions to Senate President Colleen Hanabusa asking her to pass language in any Bill that would ensure their right to fly Old Glory.

 House Bill 2311, which they hoped to use as a vehicle to address problems many have had in freely flying their American flags in planned community associations, was killed and then brought back to life in the House, only to be killed upon arrival to the Senate when Senator Roz Baker, Chair of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee refused to the hear the bill.  One bill, HB 2383 relating to Prisoner of War Flags has been identified as being a vehicle to add language in addition to its current language that would prohibit community associations to charge fees for flag flying and from prohibiting associations from enforcing rules that do not allow flag flying 365 days a year.

             “Many of us fought hard for freedom on the battle field.  We never thought we would get off a plane and have to fight for our freedom and for our basic right to fly the American Flag on American soil,” said Harold Alejandro, Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Veteran.

 In 1950, the United States Department of the Treasury funded the making of 55 full-sized replicas of the Liberty Bell to serve as a symbol of freedom. One bell was shipped to Hawaii.

Liberty Bell as Symbol

After the divisive Civil War, Americans sought a symbol of unity. The flag became one such symbol, and the Liberty Bell another. To help heal the wounds of the war, the Liberty Bell traveled across the country in the 1880s.  The Bell traveled to cities throughout the land “proclaiming liberty” and inspiring the cause of freedom. To this day, oppressed groups come to Philadelphia to give voice to their plight, at the Liberty Bell, proclaiming their call for liberty.

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