It would seem like a reasonable request, to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, and perhaps paying tribute by simply lowering the colors to half-staff or perhaps just displaying the colors on that day.

And that’s exactly what firefighter Zach Zechman decided to do, hang the American flag from his second story townhouse window at Alvernia University, and honor the memory of those lost.

However that simple act of hanging “Old Glory” backfired when the resident assistants showed up at their door, and cited a rule prohibited objects from hanging in windows.

The rule is printed in the campus student handbook.

And there’s no doubt Zechman’s knew the rules, however he was hopeful that it would be “different for a day like today.”

“I want it to be different for a day like today, where something like that means something,” Zechman said.

“American flags are welcome and flying throughout Alvernia’s campus at half-staff in honor of the day,” Carey Manzolillo, Associate Director of Communications for the University told NBC10 in an email. “Our student policy does however state that sheets, banners or other such objects may not be hung outside of windows or on the exterior portion of any residence hall.”

Perhaps it would be a wise move that on that one special day Alvernia would perhaps make an exception and allow “Old Glory to fly out of every window possible, after all “Old Glory” isn’t just another “object”…it’s our symbol, our heritage, our flag.

Source: NBC Philadelphia



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