Dear Governor Murphy:
The Republican Club of Atlantic Highlands, together with numerous individuals, veterans, first responders, EMTs, families and organizations appeal to you to please desist the impression you have left by continuing to keep the American flag lowered to half-staff.
While all of us lament the tens of thousands of deaths attributed to Covid-19, and while we also lament the fact we could not lower our American flag to honor the horrific death of George Floyd since it was already by your executive order lowered for Covid-19 victims, we would certainly appreciate an executive order raising the flag to full staff June 14, Flag Day.
It was June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution defining the colors, configuration, and symbolism of the Stars And Stripes, The American Flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson decreed that June 14 be set aside annually to honor that action and Americans have adhered to that decree for more than one hundred years. As early as 1885, a group of school children in Wisconsin observed June 14 as a special day to honor the American flag.
We in New Jersey should do no less. We lament the death of every citizen, be it from Covid and well known, or alone in a nursing home or hospital. We lament the deaths of friends whose funerals we cannot attend because of the pandemic.
However, continuing to keep the Stars and Stripes lowered appears to be more a sign of defeat than victory.
We respectfully request you consider the advancements we in New Jersey have made in fighting Covid-19, consider the peaceful marches and gatherings that have been held to share in the injustice of that one murder and raise our American flag as a sign we have come a long way in fighting the virus and are making great advancements in coming together as a nation.
Flag Day would be the perfect time for you to announce a period of mourning can come to an end, and the Stars and Stripes will be raised to show the pride we can take in meeting an enemy and defeating him soundly.
Loretta Gluckstein, Mayor
Brian Boms, Republican County Committee Chairman
Councilman Steve Boracchia, Council President
James Murphy, Councilman
Kimberly Spatola, Atlantic Highlands Republican Club Chairwoman
Valerie Barradale, Atlantic Highlands Republican Club Secretary
Ellen O’Dwyer, Council Candidate
Dave Krupinski, Council Candidate