According to Channel 2 News-KTVN out of Reno NV, the LGBT flag replaced the American flag over city hall in downtown Reno yesterday as part of a weekend long gay pride celebration in the city. The City of Reno released this statement to Channel 2 News:
“The city of Reno honors and respects the men and women who serve our country and we apologize to those we may have offended. While we made an error in not flying the American flag along with the pride flag, when we discovered we were not flying both, we immediately returned to flying the American flag. Neither the Mayor nor City Council was aware we were not flying the American flag. The City was proud to participate in pride weekend and will continue to celebrate our diverse community.”
Reno’s mayor, Hillary Schieve, also released a statement:
“I was alerted tonight that the US flag was not flying over City Hall. I can most certainly see why people would be offended or upset. I did not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that the flag be put back immediately! It was certainly not the city’s intention to be disrespectful and never should have happened. I will take full responsibility since I represent this city. I have family members who have served and I know the importance of the ultimate sacrifice they have made for our country. I am very proud to be an American and we should always support our troops and veterans no matter what. I too am offended and there is no excuse for this. Those who have served deserve the highest respect for their service. My sincerest apologies!!!”
The LGBT flag was taken down around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night and the American flag was returned to it’s rightful location. What do you think, was this a mistake or was this intentional?