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Chalk one up for the “good guys!” Those individuals that still get a lump in their throats when someone sings our National Anthem, or stands at attention when reciting our Pledge of Allegiance, or fights local political bureaucrats to keep “Old Glory” flying…and wins!

And that’s exactly what just took place in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York when the Arlington Board of Fire Commissioners demanded that the flags be removed from all fire trucks because of safety concerns and possible U.S. flag code violations.

The removal of “Old Glory” sparked a firestorm of protests from the community, which apparently forced the board to reconsider its action.

At the time firefighters’ union President Joseph Tarquinio said; “If we had to take them down, they had to be taken down the right way.”

He continued; “At the time when the country needs unity, to do something like this … it’s next to flag-burning in my mind.”

The agreement finally hammered out would allow smaller 2-by-3-foot American flags to fly on three of the district’s most-used fire trucks.

Obviously safety most always be a consideration when operating any moving vehicle, and under section 175 of the “U.S. Federal Flag Code,” it details specifically that “the flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.”

This Fox report was back from when the flags had just been ordered to be removed:

Americans everywhere stood strong against this anti-flag decision and backed firefighters’ union President Joseph Tarquinio to have the flags put back on the trucks.

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