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Obama Still Won’t Lower Flags to Honor Fallen Marines, and This Mayor Had Enough!


Four days after a radical Islamist sympathizer open fired in Chattanooga, killing four Marines and one Naval officer, the country has been waiting to hear their Commander-in-Chief give the word to lower flags at half-staff to honor the fallen.

We’re still waiting.

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. of Easton, PA, admits that he doesn’t have the authority to make the call on lowering the flag, so what did he do?

Lowered it anyway.

Via Lehigh Valley Live:

Sal Panto Jr. says it wasn’t an act of defiance.

It was simply the right thing to do, he said.

Panto, Easton’s mayor, drove to Centre Square after 1 a.m. Saturday and lowered the American flag to half-staff.

He did so to honor the four Marines killed in a shooting at a military support center in Chatanooga, Tennessee. A fifth victim, a U.S. sailor, later died.

Panto said he was prompted by a Facebook request from city resident Peggy Cochran, whose husband Pete is a city firefighter and who has two sons in the Marine Corps.

He was also willing to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt, saying he probably “just forgot.”

If that’s the president’s excuse, it’s a flimsy one at best.

Still, Obama just “needed a little reminder and I’m happy to do that,” Panto explained.

He added that he would either have the flag raised at some point today, or until somebody “threatens arrest or fines” him.

Comment:  Should the mayor have lowered the flags to half-staff to honor our fallen service members? Why do you think Obama hasn’t ordered the flags be lowered yet?



  1. Gerald says:

    Bravo, Mayor Sal Panto. Your actions may be pushing US flag ettiquete a little, but someone needed to do something appropriate to honor the fallen Marines and sailor. I applaude your response and patriotism!
    GeraldVG, LTC/USAR ret.

  2. Travis says:

    If the scumbads who walk on and burn the flag have the right to do whatever they want, because the flag was bought by them, then the city, represented by the mayor, can do whatever they want with the flags bought by them. He was right.

  3. Tess says:

    Yes, it was the RIGHT and HONORABLE thing to do! Why hasn’t Obama ordered the flags be lowered? Because HE’S AN HONOR-LESS, TREASONOUS POS THAT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT AMERICANS JUST BLACKS, ISI TERRORISTS & ILLEGAL ALIENS!

  4. Guy says:

    I believe it was a brave and patriotic move on the Mayors part to lower the flag. Doing so himself, and when he did, demonstrated that it was more than just a mere gesture. Bully for him. I wish I could vote for his reelection.

  5. Mary says:

    I would have helped that mayor. It is just the right thing to do. Obama doesn’t honor the military.