This is so demeaning especially to Vietnam veterans who risked their life to protect our country…
Veteran John “Bill” Williams recalled his memory in Vietnam just six days before two fellow service members were shot down, declared missing in action, “and they still haven’t found their bodies.”
Such losses are why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in Rockville, Maryland, has extreme meaning to Williams.
And it’s also why he was upset that the plaza’s POW/MIA flag was replaced with an LGBTQ rainbow flag for pride month.
“I wasn’t happy about it at all because the park is supposed to be a veterans park,” Williams said. “People died. Now they took it down and put another flag up.”
He added, “If they want to put the other flag underneath, they could put it underneath, but the POW flag should be flying there.”
This was the first time a rainbow pride flag was flown at the Veterans Memorial Plaza outside the Montgomery County executive office building.
Montgomery County Council member Evan Glass, the council’s first LGBTQ member, helped celebrate the raising of the pride flag last week.
The flag switch ignited public outcry — and Glass said things would be smoothed over.
“The flag post was only able to accommodate one flag, and when we learned of that, we are quickly, the county government, is quickly changing it,” he said. “So we’re adding more ringlets so that by tomorrow morning both flags will be raised.”
The POW/MIA flag indeed was raised again as the rainbow pride flag continued to fly.
The rainbow flag will be up during June for pride month, while the POW/MIA flag will fly permanently.