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Resident Appeals for the Return of Stolen New Glory Flags and Poles

July 23, 2016

Submitted by Kingsgate Resident Al Drinkwine:glory flag

July 13, 2016

Having lived in the Kingsgate community for over 20 years our family truly enjoys the many friends and advantages our community offers. Friendliness and cleanliness are assets we can all be proud of. With all these qualities however, we do have a problem. Some individuals do not respect the private property of others.

Over these 20 years of living in Kingsgate valuable tools were stolen twice from my locked truck. Once a side window was smashed to gain entry. On a different occasion someone took a hammer to our son’s windshield totally destroying it.

Aside from our vehicles, we have had three flags, with mounting poles, stolen from the front of our garage. A fourth time, our flag was burned on our lawn. The last two thefts have occurred within the past two weeks. The Kirkland police have been contacted. Perhaps this disregard for private property is in part due to a lack of knowledge pertaining the New Glory Flag we proudly fly.

To better understand the New Glory Flag let this military veteran explain. The flag we display is not a gay flag. The New Glory Flag was designed by returning WW II veterans based on their realization that the Old Glory Flag did not represent the diversity of the individuals they had protected our nation with. By utilizing the rainbow, in preference to the red and white stripes, these veterans added a far more meaningful dimension. In addition to diversity, the rainbow incorporates God’s covenant with all humankind. A spiritual symbol of peace and rebirth following a devastating war. Additionally, the red stripes on our Old Glory Flag represent bloodshed, which they may have seen far too much of.

The Gay Flag is a much later spinoff of the New Glory and does not include the field of stars. The Gay Flag is simply a rainbow, also recognizing diversity and unity.

Should these flags and poles be returned, no questions will be asked.

Thank You,

Al Drinkwine

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dee permalink
    July 25, 2016 7:10 PM

    I read with interest Al’s letter of the symbolism of the New Glory flags. It was an education to me and I hope to many others. Do you think that this letter should be passed on to our weekly neighborhood paper? I’m sorry for the vandalism and even if someone was mistaking it for a Gay flag–don’t we have a right to our opinions–and it was on private property. Dee Johnson (464)

  2. July 28, 2016 5:20 PM

    Thank you for explaining the background of New Glory Flag. I didn’t know such a thing existed. Thank you for your service and your protection for ALL Americans.

    That such vandalism happened in our neighborhood is very disturbing. I hope your property is returned to you.

  3. K-Y Su permalink
    September 15, 2016 2:18 PM

    sorry you suffered several thefts of tools and flags. I see a flag has been back for a few weeks – was it returned, or did you have to buy a replacement?

  4. Mark permalink
    September 15, 2016 11:06 PM

    So what if it HAD been a gay flag?? Would that mean the vandalism is OK? Just wondering…

  5. Al Drinkwine permalink
    October 8, 2016 11:02 AM

    Thanks for your kind comments and concern. I did buy a new flag and pole. It was nicely left alone for a little about 2 months. Last night, Oct. 7th, both the flag and pole were stolen again. I had used a more secure mount on it but it so they must have realized that and come back a second time with the proper tool. I believe adults are involved as it is so deliberate and repetitive. Al Drinkwine

    • K-Y Su permalink
      November 23, 2016 1:06 PM

      that’s really wrong that it was stolen again.

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