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The Color of Flags

A response to the Bangladeshi community's request to fly the country's flag in the borough

I wasn’t at the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting on Wednesday, but after reading the Lansdale-Montgomeryville Patch summary of the meeting and the comments online this is certainly a heated subject.

I won’t go into the debate regarding the flying of another countries flag here as that has been and the Reporter. What I will propose here is an attractive and relatively inexpensive idea for consideration.

Last year the Borough installed approximately 50 new street lamps on Main Street and Madison Street. Each lamp post could accommodate a few flags sized proportionately to the post and street. There could be a dedication of one flag each week– or for the nationality’s holiday– culminating in eventually 50 to 100 flags (The Benjamin Parkway in Philadelphia has 109 flags).

Lansdale’s downtown International Circle  (it has a nice ring to it) promoting our diverse heritage – German, Irish, Italian, Bangladeshi, French, Mexican, Spanish, English, Sudanese, Hungarian, Slovak, Scottish, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Polish, Venezuelan, Russian; the list goes on and on and of course, understanding that none would be larger or fly higher than the Stars and Stripes in town.

Look at the colors of the flags in the photos and how pleasing they are to the eye (almost like a year round International Spring Festival).

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Sherrianne Rocchino July 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I think this is a terrific idea, Lansdale is a very diverse community and this is a wonderful way to show acceptance to our neighbors.
BARRY CHAPPELL July 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
so, do you think if i lived in,....well lets say...china, russia, iran, iraq that they would even entertain me wanting to fly the AMERICAN FLAG in their town square....I think not.
GoldenCockroach aka Katy July 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
So you want to be like China, Iran and the others. Its called freedom Big barry.
Marc Lombardi July 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I just find it funny that when we have a St. Patrick's day parade it's no problem when placed fly the flag for Ireland. But the first time someone brings up the idea of paying some tribute to a country where their skin isn't white and their religion isn't the same as what most people here practice it's suddenly an affront to our freedom and National Security. What a horrible, horrible place we're becoming. What used to be the Red Scare is now nothing more than Middle Eastern Phobia.
Sherrianne Rocchino July 30, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I think this is why our fore fathers came here, that is why we live in America. For freedom. I agree with you Marc. I'm tired of the Middle Eastern Phobias too, time to put it to rest.

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