Photo courtesy Denver Post blog page
Following their national convention in Denver last week, Democratic organizers heaped up thousands of unused U.S. flags, allegedly to throw them away, but the McCain campaign has since salvaged the Star-Spangled Banners for reuse at a rally in Colorado Springs.
A Denver Post blog reports that a vendor at Denver’s Invesco Field discovered the discarded flags following Barack Obama’s nomination speech at the mile-high stadium last week.
Democratic organizers have claimed that the flags were not meant to be thrown in the trash, but according to a Fox News report, McCain supporters claim the vendor found the bagged flags in and around garbage bins following the Democratic National Convention.
A group of Boy Scouts brought 84 garbage bags full of the discarded flags to the site of a Republican rally in Colorado Springs today, where veterans distributed them throughout the assembled crowd. McCain supporters waved the recycled flags and chanted “U.S.A.” as they welcomed Republican candidate John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin.
The Post blog reports an estimated total of 12,000 small flags and one, full-size 3’x5′ flag were discarded.
Damon Jones, spokesman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, released a statement claiming that McCain supporters has swiped leftover bundles of flags from the stadium “to play out a cheap political stunt” calling into question Democrat patriotism.
Patriotic symbolism has been a thorn in the side of the DNC and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama throughout the campaign. As WND reported earlier, credentials for the national convention drew attention for portraying the elements of the U.S. flag upside down.
Earlier in the campaign, Sen. Obama was photographed with Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin at a steak fry for Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin during the playing of the national anthem. Richardson, Clinton and Harkin placed their hands over their hearts, but Obama is standing casually with his fingers laced in front of him.
He also previously said he doesn’t wear an American flag lapel pin because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism.”
To an Iowa television station, the Illinois senator explained he stopped wearing a flag pin following the 9/11 attacks.
“I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” he told the station. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great.”