A Michigan man whose son was killed in Afghanistan put a hurting on the New Jersey flag to protest the governor’s decision to fly flags at half mast in honor of Whitney Houston.
CBS News reports John Burri, whose son was killed by an IED in 2005, burned the state flag on his barbecue to protest Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to lower flags to half mast to honor Houston on the day of her funeral.
According to the Daily Mail, Burri also tied a New Jersey flag behind his car and dragged it in the road in front of the local war memorial.
The decision has also sparked controversy here in New Jersey, where veterans, law enforcement officers and others have questioned the move. In Wayne, Mayor Christopher Vergano refused to abide by the order after the president of the police union there called it disrespectful.
Christie has defended the decision, calling Houston a cultural icon whose accomplishments are in line with other New Jersey luminaries such as Frank Sinatra. The governor also ordered flags lowered for Clarence Clemons, former saxophonist for the E Street Band, when he died last year.