Citizens Rally Against Draft Anti-Flag Regulations

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More than 100 citizens rallied Monday night against draft regulations that would limit the size and number of flags residents could fly outside their own homes. The rally began with the Fairfax GOP’s Vinson Palathingal leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Waving flags of various sizes, attendees cheered as they heard from a diverse roster of speakers:

  • Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts
  • Fairfax GOP Vice Chairman Sean Rastatter
  • Fairfax GOP Vice Chair of Campaigns & Elections Srilekha Palle
  • Army veteran and former U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Gade
  • Air Force veterans Clay Percle and Mark Rockefeller
  • Attorney and pro-family activist Cathy Ruse

Daniel Gade, who lost his right leg while serving in the Middle East, offered his perspective on freedom, sacrifice, and love of country. Srilekha Palle shared what the flag means to her as a naturalized citizen. A common theme in everyone’s remarks was genuine love for the nation’s flag as a symbol of liberty.

Monday night’s rally concluded with attendees singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” The rally garnered significant media coverage — including from WDVM, WUSA-9, and FOX 5 DC.

The following day, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors heard testimony from citizens against the flag regulations. The board only “deferred” the measure, which means it is not dead yet.

Board Chairman Jeff McKay (D-Lee) previously seemed keen on the measure. In a statement issued to Fox News, McKay said: “The proposed ordinance aims to allow residents to still fly flags proudly with reasonable guidelines, while protecting everyone’s First Amendment rights.”

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