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John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute

 
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John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
A Michigan man whose son died in Iraq has burned the state flag of New Jersey after New Jersey flew its flags at half-staff in memory of Whitney Houston last week.

"They're watering down the term of what a true hero is these days," John Burri told ABC News. "I thought it was offensive to every family's fallen solider out there, and it cheapens the meaning of lowering the flag."

The 60-year-old's decision to torch the New Jersey flag on his Wyoming, Mich., patio grill came after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor the singer Whitney Houston, a Garden State native who was buried in her home state on Sunday.

Burri believes flags should only be lowered for those who died serving their country.

"My intention was not to hurt anyone, especially the residents of New Jersey," said Burri. "My intention was to show Gov. Christie how offensive it was."

The governor has defended his decision, calling Houston a "cultural icon."




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Re: John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
I'd call her a washed up druggie, ffs she was found surrounded by drugs, so yes the dude has a point,she didn't deserve a half mast flag
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Re: John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
I'd call her a washed up druggie, ffs she was found surrounded by drugs, so yes the dude has a point,she didn't deserve a half mast flag
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Re: John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
Lowering the flag to half staff is the call of the Governor. It is not just for war heroes. If that was the case, flags would be flown at half staff in every state every day. Whitney Houston was a New Jersey native and it was a reasonable call to fly the State flag at half staff on the day of her funeral. I could see the same being done for Bruce Springsteen and Jon BonJovi, but for some reason, I don't see people having a problem with that.
It's not like Houston was buried at Arlington and had a military funeral. Burning the flag to protest was just childish. I admire and highly respect this man's son for his ultimate sacrifice, but I feel that he is misunderstanding the sentiment. If he truly wants to protest and make sense while doing it...how about he burn a re-election poster of Barack Obama!
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Re: John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
I WOULD SAY

U MAD BRO?

STAY CLASSY!
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Re: John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
Elvis was a f***ing druggie too, so was Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, River Phoenix, John Belushi etc., they are still loved and respected by many. Just because they die of a drug overdose or suicide does not mean that they lose the respect they deserve for their body of work. Whitney Houston was a brilliant artist with an extensive career.It was a disorder she died of. I sense a bit of racism on some posts-prove me wrong.
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Re: John Burri, Father of Fallen Soldier, Burns NJ Flag to Protest Whitney Houston Tribute
Elvis was a f***ing druggie too, so was Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, River Phoenix, John Belushi etc., they are still loved and respected by many. Just because they die of a drug overdose or suicide does not mean that they lose the respect they deserve for their body of work. Whitney Houston was a brilliant artist with an extensive career.It was a disorder she died of. I sense a bit of racism on some posts-prove me wrong.
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loved and respected.

for what?????
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