As protests against police and even the United States itself, rage from across the nation one Democrat-run state is removing American flags.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, residents of New Jersey have hung American flags on bridges along the highway.
But now, after near two decades, and as the anniversary of those attacks nears, The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has removed those flags and replaced them with signs that read “Placement of signage or items of any nature on this structure is strictly prohibited,” Mid Jersey News reported.
“The New Jersey Turnpike Authority appreciates and applauds patriotism. We try to express patriotism ourselves every day by maintaining dozens of American flags at properties in our right of way — office buildings, toll plazas, service areas, maintenance facilities, State Police buildings, warehouses,” The New Jersey Turnpike Authority said in a statement.
“Those flags are treated with the utmost respect by Turnpike Authority personnel. They are flown on suitable staffs. They are illuminated at night. They are lowered to half-staff when the state is in mourning. They are removed, properly destroyed, and promptly replaced when they become faded or worn and are no longer suitable symbols of our national ideals.
“The long-standing policy of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has been to prohibit the display of any flags, signs, or banners by private parties on Turnpike Authority property,” it said.
“While we appreciate the desire of some New Jersey residents to express their patriotism in these turbulent times by displaying flags on Turnpike and Parkway overpasses, Turnpike Authority regulations do not allow it, and for good reason.