VA Banned Boy Scouts From Placing Flags on Memorial Day
The VA banned Boy Scouts from placing American flags on the graves of our fallen this Memorial Day. It’s a tradition that goes back decades. But not this year, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has ruled that no groups, not even the Boy Scouts, will be allowed to place flags on the graves of veterans…because of COVID-19. But the move has prompted backlash.
Let’s think about this: the best place to be safe from the COVID-19 virus is outside. The most dangerous place to be is inside. According to New York stats, 66% of those who have died of the virus were inside of nursing homes, VA facilities, or their own homes. INSIDE. (Daily Mail)
On Long Island, N.Y., where more than 500,000 veterans are buried at two national military cemeteries, there are demands for the VA to reconsider and rescind the ban.
“If we can’t figure out a way to make sure we are placing flags at their graves to honor them, then something is seriously wrong,” said Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone, whose county includes the sprawling Calverton and Long Island National Cemeteries, which hold more veterans than any other military cemetery in the nation, including Arlington National Cemetery.
Bellone is confident that officials can carry out a plan that would keep the Scouts safe.
“What we’re asking the VA to do is, rather than have a blanket policy across the country, allow the national cemeteries at the local level, to make this determination in conjunction with the local health department,” he told Fox News. “We will take the responsibility to say that this flag placement plan meets the state and national guidelines but give us that opportunity to do it, allow us to honor our fallen heroes.”
Hopefully, the VA will change its ridiculous decision.Whatever the group, whether Boy Scouts or others, the placement of flags to honor the fallen on Memorial Day is actually what the holiday is all about. It’s not about backyard BBQs, or camping trips, or parties, it’s about honoring those who have given their lives for our nation. Surely they will change their position?
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