I actually wonder why a Flag pole has never been installed on the island before?
During the day, it a navigational tool. It acts as a way point for boaters and a defined marker for visitors to the island.
At night, the light acts as a beacon.
The Flag pole is also a way to communicate to anyone and everyone in viewing range if there is ever a problem on the island like someone being stranded on this island. There is currently no way to do that.
Lastly, a flag pole flying the American Flag does look good, and is pleasant to look at.
Just my thoughts.
If only there were a marker like a flag pole on the island...
Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging people to display the American flag on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to send the message that "we will always continue the fight against terrorism until it is totally vanquished."
Schumer (D-N.Y.) has worn a tiny flag pin on his lapel since the day after 9/11.
"God willing, I'll wear it every day the rest of my life, in memory of all of those who were lost and the tragedy of what happened," he told reporters near Ground Zero on Monday.
Millions of Americans displayed Old Glory after the Twin Towers terror attack, a show of unity that two 9/11 victims' family members said they'd like to see repeated.
"We have a great opportunity to show the world again about our resolve," said Lee Ielpi, whose firefighter son Jonathan died at the World Trade Center.
One day not long after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the Red Cross gave Charles Wolf an American flag. He had lost his wife, Katherine, who worked at Marsh & McLennan on the 97th floor of Tower 1.
"It was folded in a triangle, like you see after a military funeral," Wolf said. "I cried. And it was right then that I realized how much this country really, really meant to me."
I am a third generation veteran and this is a display of pure ignorance and disrespect for the laws set in place by our country that so many have died to defend! I can guarantee that these "Anonymous Patriots" never served in honor of this great nation. Acts like this will make it possible for no one to be allowed to enjoy these beautiful islands in the future.
Everybody who is posting these comments about disrespcting the flag needs to do a little more research. According to The National Flag Code(look it up) the Amercian Flag may be fown 24 hours a day if a fixed light is illuminating it through the night. This flag pole has a high powered solar light attached to it so it is correct protocol. Secondly, the American Flag may be flown during inclement weather if an all weather resistant flag is used. The flag that is flying is in fact an all inclement weather resistant material, so again, correct protocol. I think you should do a little more reading before you attempt to bash the American Patriot. Maybe you need to learn a little respect. No, how about this, maybe you should serve a ittle time in the military, see if you respect the flag then.
Here is the question again. Why is a 26 foot scuttled sailboat allowed to remain on the south end of Masonboro for FIVE LONG YEARS, allow the sea and storms to batter it to broken shards of fiberglass and aluminum that continue to litter the beach without the first attempt to clean it up, yet you remove the flag of the United States of America that was put up to honor those that have fought and died to preserve the very freedom that flag represents?
Now, let's also take into account the OTHER THREE VESSELS on the backside of Masonboro that have been abandoned with ZERO effort to remove. It's trash and it's junk and it's an eyesore, but that's okay to remain, right? Please explain...we're listening and want to hear what you have to say.
"Coastal Management", I'm not here to condone the unauthorized installation of the great flag of this United States erected in honor. What I AM here for is to entice YOU to explain to the people of this county and state why YOU allow these abandoned vessels to remain for YEARS on end until covered by sand, but you just HAD take that beautiful flag down.
No "political, side-lipped mumbo-jumbo", a true explanation will do just fine!
You know what folks, we will never hear a word from them. It seems we have some sort of "committee" here that has no foundation, no purpose, but is receiving funding from somewhere to exist. Another fine example of how our money is spent for useless groups that are totally ineffective for anything but to piss off the public with narrow-minded decision making.
Simply putting a flag on the island is not only violating property rights, it's showing NO respect to the flag at all.
Last time I checked Masonboro Island is in America. It's funded using tax payers dollars and it belongs to the People of America.
The American Flag has become just a "flag" to many. They forget the true meaning and history of our symbol of Freedom!! We are taking God out of our schools and regarding our symbol of independence and freedom as an eyesoar. Very sad.
I, too am for a clean and pristine Masonboro Island. I camp/fish there several times throughout the year. When we leave our site, it is literally cleaner than when we arrived. I have also helped clean the island when it gets trashed on holidays, picking up ciggerette butts, beer cans, grills, tents etc.. This is the American Flag and when I see her flying proudly on OUR island I still get chill bumps and give thanks.
...about leaving it out there in a storm? Or non-illuminated at night?
In other words, how do you feel about RESPECTING the flag properly?
where will it stop? I want to put this there, I want to put that there. Perrty soon you will have somthing everyone wants to put there, and sooner or later the island will be full of it. That would look great, right. I think not.
Are you really worried about someone going to the island and installing a flag pole with the flag of Russia or China flying overhead?
The flag represents something all Americans have in common, FREEDOM!Its not like there is a pick plastic flamingo out there!
I'm not sure why this is such a big deal! As a former United States Marine who served in combat, I feel as though we have every right to fly our flag on the island. Obviously it will be taken care ..... And will never be an eye sore. I'm positive it does absolutely no harm to any bird, turtle, or fish on the island. Who ever feels like making a big deal about this is simply UNAMERICAN!
...then you were trained in the Flag Manual, and you know that the flag deserves respect. There are proper and improper ways to display the flag, and leaving it unattended in a remote location is NOT showing it proper respect. Some of those dirtballs who use the island as their personal vomitorium every weekend are likely to haul it down when they forget their Charmin Ultra.
So more people should visit the flag post on Masonboro Island so that it's unattended less.
I'm guessing more people will before it's taken away.
In order for this flag to display the respect it deserves, more people should visit it.
Come on over to Masonboro Island to enjoy the Island and respect the flag.
Hurry before it's too late!
Thank you for your service in our Military. That Flag is for you, and all the others who fight and give their lives proudly for us back home. Ironic isn't? Our soldiers fighting and dying for the ones taking the flag down.
Wouldn't it be nice if this was all we had to worry about? Ridiculous!
It is frustrating that a sailboat stays on Masonboro for years but a flag gets taken down after only a month or so....what kind of message is that saying to the public? The flag is a beautiful sight to see as we cruise along the waterway.
Rising state unemployment figures, no money for our children's teachers' programs, and now a spokeswoman for a state governmental agency expending our government resources to go public to decry a patriotic American tribute to our veterans who have protected our most basic liberties by removing our most symbolic and honorable flag- Despicable, irresponsible, and shameful. God bless America.
I CAMP IN THIS AREA OF THE ISLAND. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SITE, TO WAKE UP TO THE OCEAN ON ONE SIDE AND A REMINDER ON THE OTHER OF WHY I CAN CAMP THERE.LET IT WAVE. YES, I AGREE,NO PERSONAL ITEMS LEFT BEHIND BUT OLD GLORY BELONGS TO ALL OF US.
If it weren't for the soldiers in this country ,the state wouldn't even own Masonboro Island, so let the Flag fly.Is it really hurting anything? I think we have a lot more to be concerned with in this country.
I don't think that the flag pole and flag are hurting anything, in fact, I think that it makes people feel proud to be an American. I have seen it, and at night a solar spotlight shines on the flag. It looks spectacular. None of the reserve is in danger from this memorial.
Let Ole Glory fly!
Does anyone really appreciate what the flag stands for anymore? We live in America. The soil the flag is on is American soil. There sould be no question. If you appreciate your freedom then you would agree that the flag should stay.
I cannot believe that this is even an issue, the flag should fly..
The environmental nuts should realize that the only reason that they can get away with this kind of stuff is because of all the brave heros that have served in our military.
Get real ... Just because some people want to keep some parts of our great country pristine doesn't make them bad people ... Some of them, by the way probably served in the military ... Hey, using your logic, let's plant a flag on all of the islands in the Cape Fear River, and then perhaps every 100 yards apart on all of our beaches ...Then we'll all be even more American ... or at least American enough for your standards ... There's pleanty of places to display our patriotism ... Not so many places we can still try to keep pristine ... How about a little balance here
...and then let's talk about "pristine", Okay? You obviously haven't spent any time on or around Masonboro Island and know nothing about her.
Remember, we are only talking about ONE flag here on an 8-mile stretch of island, not some gawdy 2 dollar package of one-time use flags for your independence day yard decorations. You're twisting this into something it isn't and I seriously doubt you ever even saw it
Those who do not want the flag are not bad people. This island is not pristine. It is strange to me to have concern over a properly cared for flag, but comfortable allow the litter and use of resources involved in today's style of "camping". It seems shameful to me that this is an issue when the clean up of the island has only been in the spotlight for the past few years. To me, a well maintained flag means we have respect for the area and intend to use it properly. When I place an United States flag somewhere, I mean for you to know that this is a place I love, respect and would die for, it is never litter, never to be forgotten. It is placed with purpose and good intent. Lighten up, folks.