SOUTH HADLEY Mass. (WWLP) – Some people are upset about the condition of American Flags flying from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge in South Hadley.
Town administrator Mike Sullivan told 22News those flags will be removed on the two days following Veteran’s Day.
That’s not good enough for one person who wrote 22News to say the flags should be taken down immediately out of respect for Veterans. We visited the bridge and saw the torn and tattered flags whipping in the wind.
Sullivan told 22News taking down the flags means closing down a lane of traffic and notifying the Department of Transportation.
Half of the bridge is in Holyoke. They’ve already taken their flags down. South Hadley says they try to keep them up as long as possible to respect Veterans.
Sullivan said, “We’re scheduled for the two days after Veteran’s Day and the tattered flag, like it was at Fort Sumter, that day that it inspired a nation, we will have that flag removed.”
The flags are taken down every year around Veteran’s Day and new ones are put back up around Memorial Day every year.