Father of Fallen Soldier Burns Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
Yahoo! News— A Michigan man whose son died in Iraq has burned the state flag of New Jersey after New Jersey flew its flags at half-staff in memory of Whitney Houston last week.
“They’re watering down the term of what a true hero is these days,” John Burri told ABC News. “I thought it was offensive to every family’s fallen solider out there, and it cheapens the meaning of lowering the flag.”
The 60-year-old’s decision to torch the New Jersey flag on his Wyoming, Mich., patio grill came after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor the singer Whitney Houston, a Garden State native who was buried in her home state on Sunday.
Burri believes flags should only be lowered for those who died serving their country.
“My intention was not to hurt anyone, especially the residents of New Jersey,” said Burri. “My intention was to show Gov. Christie how offensive it was.”
The governor has defended his decision, calling Houston a “cultural icon.”