By The Blaze. Veteran John “Bill” Williams recalled to WRC-TV that he was in Vietnam just six days before two fellow service members were shot down, declared missing in action, “and they still haven’t found their bodies.”
Such losses are why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in Rockville, Maryland, means so much to Williams.
And it’s also why he was upset that the plaza’s POW/MIA flag was replaced with an LGBTQ rainbow flag for pride month, the station said. . .
It was the first time a rainbow pride flag flew at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, which is outside the Montgomery County executive office building, WRC said.
Montgomery County Council member Evan Glass, the council’s first LGBTQ member, helped celebrate the raising of the pride flag last week, the station added. (Read more from “Rainbow Pride Flag Replaces POW/Mia Flag at Veterans Memorial Plaza — and Public Outcry Is Ignited” HERE)
Pride Flag Replaces POW/Mia Flag at Montgomery County Executive Building
By NBC Washington. . .The POW/MIA flag was replaced by the LGBTQ pride flag for the month of June, pride month.
“I wasn’t happy about it at all because the park is supposed to be a veterans park,” Williams said. “People died. Now they took it down and put another flag up.”
“The flag post was only able to accommodate one flag, and when we learned of that, we are quickly, the county government, is quickly changing it,” Glass said. “So we’re adding more ringlets so that by tomorrow morning both flags will be raised.”
“If they want to put the other flag underneath, they could put it underneath, but the POW flag should be flying there,” Williams said.
The POW/MIA flag was put up again after the public outcry on Tuesday, and both flags are now back up, County Executive Mark Elrich said. (Read more from “Pride Flag Replaces POW/Mia Flag at Montgomery County Executive Building” HERE)