Lipinski to support flag amendment on Flag Day
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski is set to mark the nation’s Flag Day by joining in support of a constitutional amendment aimed at banning flag burning, according to his office.
Lipinski (D-3rd) and U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, an Alabama Republican, are introducing the proposal, according to a news release from his office. If approved in Congress and later ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures across the country, the amendment would not prohibit flag desecration but would allow lawmakers the power to do so.
“The American flag shines like a beacon as the world’s greatest symbol of freedom and democracy. It represents the bedrock of our country, stirs a heartfelt sense of patriotism and continues to inspire Americans and people seeking freedom around the globe. Protecting the flag that so many brave men and women have fought and died under is a responsibility for all Americans,” Lipinski said. “I cherish the First Amendment’s fundamental importance of freedom of speech, but I firmly believe that purposeful flag desecration is an offensive act that cannot and should not be tolerated.”
Lipinski, meanwhile, has reintroduced a House resolution regarding the proper disposal of American flags. His district offices in Orland Park, Lockport, Oak Lawn and in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community offers residents a place to drop off old or tattered U.S. flags, according to a news release.
“The American flag stands for freedom and democracy at home and abroad, providing a window into United States history and government and accompanying our men and women in the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice to their final resting place,” Lipinski said in the release “Flag Day is a reminder of the power of the flag and our responsibility to not only display it, but care for it. I am proud to once again offer this resolution honoring Flag Day and to provide an important service by seeing that old flags are properly retired.”
The resolution urges members of Congress to work with veterans groups and others to help in the proper disposal of old flags.
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