Officials say more patriotism needed

June 14, 1997


Staff Writer

Washington County politicians called for a ban on flag burning and increased patriotism in the country during a Flag Day ceremony in downtown Hagerstown Saturday.

Although he supports the First Amendment, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he wants a ban on burning the U.S. flag.

Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers said respect for the flag has de-clined, and people need to show renewed honor for their country.


"We do need a little more patriotism in our heart. The flag is nothing to be stepped on and dragged through the streets," said Ray Linebaugh, president of the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County.

The comments came during a Flag Day ceremony in Public Square. Flag Day, which was Saturday, is held to commemorate June 14, 1777, when the U.S. flag was adopted.

Bruchey, Bowers and Line-baugh made their comments under U.S., Maryland and Hagerstown flags in the Square.

A small gathering of about 20 people scattered through the Square stopped for a moment to observe the ceremony. Bruchey said he hopes to see more people there next Flag Day.

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