Dear Captain Anderson’s Restaurant,
I am writing concerning the display of the American Flag at the entrance to your establishment. As I drive by your business regularly, I have watched the flag on your flagpole slowly deteriorate. As I drove by on Monday the 11th of November, yes Veterans Day, I again saw the condition of your American flag; torn, tangled and hanging upside down by one clip (please see photo).
As a military veteran my first emotion was one of anger at such a display of negligence, especially by the family of a state representative and within a stone’s throw of a military installation. Later, as my temper cooled, I realized it was surely just an oversight during your closing preparations as I saw that you are “Closed for the season” and I though surely someone will come and either remove or replace it. As I contemplated this I watched a trash truck go behind the building to empty a dumpster; well, at least you didn’t forget to schedule trash pickup.
Well, it has been three days and I couldn’t look at the flag that way any longer. I have removed the flag from your premises and turned it over to the local Fleet Reserve branch for proper ceremonial disposal. In short, yes, I stole it, as I’m sure your surveillance cameras have captured. Please feel free to contact law enforcement for any trespassing or theft claims you would like to file. Initially I considered replacing the flag with a new one, as I have done this in the past those who could not afford one but, upon reflection, I decided that you could afford a replacement more easily than I and that It was not deserved. I hope you will consider this in the future and afford the American Flag the respect it deserves.
James Deason –
Panama City, FL