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New Jersey Turnpike Removes Flags to Remember 9/11

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 September 2020 04:34 PM

New Jersey Turnpike Authority is feeling the heat after removing American flags that were hung on the overpass to commemorate veterans who died for the United States following 9/11.

Michael Slininger, president of the police union in Robbinsville Township, said the group had recently bought more than 12 flags that were "missing or tattered" from the overpasses on the Interstate 195 and New Jersey Turnpike. The new flags were meant to continue the tradition of honoring our veterans and those lost in service for our country.

"American flags have been flown on overpasses throughout the state and throughout the nation since 9/11," Slininger wrote Monday in a post on the Facebook page for the Robbinsville Township Police Benevolent Association. "Now, as we approach the anniversary of that horrific day, we are extremely disappointed to announce that the NJ Turnpike Authority saw fit to remove all flags on overpasses covering the N.J.T.P. last week, replacing them with signs citing . . . a code which is meant to apply to advertisement material or improper road signage."

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority posted a message on its Facebook page explaining why it removed the American flags.

"While we appreciate the desire of some New Jersey residents to express their patriotism in these turbulent times by displaying flags on turnpike and parkway overpasses, Turnpike Authority regulations do not allow it," the Facebook post read.

Slininger said the PBA still planned to preserve the newly replaced flags, including making sure they stay "firmly secured" and did not interfere with traffic.

"We cannot understand why the N.J.T.P.A. has suddenly decided to abandon a tradition of patriotism and respect for our veterans," Slininder wrote in the Facebook post. "It is not known what happened to the brand new flags that we put up, but we truly hope they were respectfully disposed of, if not displayed elsewhere. The placement of the flags was done in the same manner that has been done for nearly 20 years."

The PBA announced it intends to rehang the flags Sept. 11.

According to News 12, hundreds of protesters demonstrated Sunday against the transit authority's decision to remove the flags.

"It's something that if you experience, you'll never forget," Pannullo told News 12.

"So the mere thought of flags just being flown on a bridge, it's kind of silly compared to all those lives lost on 9/11," Carmine Pannullo, a 9/11 first responder, said to News 12.

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