Penn. Mayor Angers Vets by Replacing POW/MIA Flag With Syrian Flag Over Township Building

The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town has just made himself the object of anger from local veterans of the US military after he replaced the town’s POW/MIA flag with the flag of the Syrian government.

Democrat Mayor Ed Hozza of Whitehall Township in Lehigh County has made himself persona non-grata over his seemingly unbelievable more.

Mayor Ed Hozza of Whitehall Township in Lehigh County faced a small army of hostile military veterans during Monday night’s township commissioners meeting.

They were angry because the mayor had a POW/MIA flag taken down from a flag pole so a Syrian flag-raising event could be held outside the township building on April 18.

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Some called for Hozza to resign.

One man claimed he violated federal laws.

Another compared him to “Hanoi Jane,” a name given to actress Jane Fonda, who will never be forgiven by many vets for what they consider her traitorous visit to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Mayor Ed Hozza

Some of the veterans believed that the mayor broke laws with the stunt.

Hozza tried a non-apology apology but no one seemed to believe him.

Because Whitehall Township has only one flag pole at its municipal building, said Hozza, the Syrian flag was flown under the American flag— but stressed the American flag was “at the place of honor, at the top of the flag pole.”

“I apologize for that action, not knowing what the flag etiquette was at the time,” said Hozza.

Defending himself, the mayor said: “I support our veterans by attending every Memorial Day and Veterans Day service in the township.

“I also attend the annual ceremony at the Hokendauqua American Legion to retire our American flags in a respectful manner.”

This guy really made himself look like an anti-American tool, didn’t he?

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