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BoA Threatens to throw away flags at fallen Marines procession.


Only the faint sound of lightly marching feet could be heard as hundreds stood silent on the Greenville-Spartanburg International tarmac Wednesday while fully adorned Marines carried Lance Cpl. Chris Fowlkes flag-draped coffin. The solemn arrival began an afternoon-long procession that ultimately wound through the streets of the 20-year-old Marines hometown of Gaffney, where businesses shut down and mourners lined the streets. The homecoming came six days after the former Gaffney High School football player died in a military hospital in Germany from injuries sustained a week earlier in an explosion in the Helman province of Afghanistan. Well-wishers waved flags, saluted and shed tears as an army of police cars escorted Fowlkes family along the 40-mile stretch from the airport to the town.

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2009/09/20/bank-of-america-removes-american-flags-honoring-dead-marine/


Lance Corporal Chris Fowlkes was a popular and well known young man in Gaffney, and a brave warrior who gave his life in the service of his country. It was seemingly a very heart-felt and patriotic funeral procession. But all was not well in Gaffney, S.C. A South Carolina Bank of America branch is drawing criticism Thursday after an employee reportedly ordered the removal of American flags placed to honor a fallen Marine over fears that people would be offended. The Palmetto Scoop received one eyewitness email claiming that the branch manager at Bank of Americas Gaffney branch at 1602 West Floyd Baker Blvd. told a citizen who was preparing the route for a U.S. Marine killed in action in Afghanistan by placing small American flags along the roadway that the flags might upset some of her customers.
Said the outraged tipster, [The branch manager] took them down and made the citizen go in to get them if she didnt want them thrown away.
The flags were part of the funeral procession of Lance Corporal Christopher Fowlkes, 20, who died last week after an explosion in Afghanistans Helmand province.




The American flag, at a American military funeral, in a city lined with flags for the death procession should not offend a single person.

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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    The American flag, flown ANYWHERE on American soil, shouldn't offend anyone. And if it does, **** 'em.
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  • ADRidgeADRidge Member Posts: 173 Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    The American flag, flown ANYWHERE on American soil, shouldn't offend anyone. And if it does, **** 'em.


    Pretty much.
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  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    Possibly a tar and feather party should be scheduled.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,928 Senior Member
    Not that I argue with the stupidness of BoA, Please keep in mind that this story is two years old...outrage at the actual time of the funeral was overwhelming and nation-wide and cost BoA a lot of customers...
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,742 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    The American flag, flown ANYWHERE on American soil, shouldn't offend anyone. And if it does, **** 'em.

    This. At my High School/Junior College we had a lot of students from Mexico who would sometimes complain about having to pay respects to the American flag. I asked a few of them how I would be expected to treat the Mexican flag while in Mexico, and we usually got along after that. Usually.
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    This. At my High School/Junior College we had a lot of students from Mexico who would sometimes complain about having to pay respects to the American flag. I asked a few of them how I would be expected to treat the Mexican flag while in Mexico, and we usually got along after that. Usually.

    They don't even have to pay respects or pledge allegiance, just stand there quietly.

    I simply remind them they are in America, and just as Americans need to respect their hosts Country, they need to respect Ours, or leave.
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,742 Senior Member
    They were/are required to pay respects while in the school uniform, but so do enlisted service members who are not citizens. They were not required to pledge allegiance.
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Those so called respects consist of standing there like a post in silence, that is inactivity, not respect, it is the lack of positive action.

    True respect is payed out in the form of a pledge, a salute, a tribute.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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