Mourns the Loss of Navy SEAL Brett D. Shadle mourns the loss of Brett D. Shadle, a highly decorated member of the american-half-staff-flagNavy’s famed SEAL Team 6 who was killed on Thursday during a parachute training exercise in Arizona.

SEAL Team 6 gained international attention when members of the top elite unit carried out a raid in Pakistan in 2011 in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

Shadle – who was from Pennsylvania – was married and had a 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. He enlisted in the Navy in July 2000 and became a SEAL in 2002. Shadle had earned multiple Bronze Star Medals with Valor and several service ribbons.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shadle’s family and friends.

Flags at What Price?

An article in yesterday’s New York Times entitled, “Flags’ Waving Doesn’t Come Cheap” highlighted the fact that New York City spends about $160,000 per year keeping its flagpoles in shape. Last year the city spent about $3,000 for each flagpole for painting and any required repairs. That sounds like a ton of money – especially for a city – that is strapped for cash and cutting services for poor people, children, seniors and veterans. Still, the financial center of the world and the city most impacted by 9/11 should proudly display the American flag. Maybe New York City should start an “Adopt a Flagpole” sponsorship program and let some of the hundreds of thousands of businesses in the NY-Metro area take care of those flagpoles in a way that would be more cost-effective and timely.images

American Flag Bikinis?

This time of year, we get lots of requests for American Flag bikinis. A desire to display your patriotism and love of country, even at the beach or pool is great, though US Flag Code specifies that “the flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” Most of these swimsuits aren’t actually made of flags, but instead bear the stars and stripes characteristic of Old Glory. Still, a replica of our nation’s symbol placed on your butt seems disrespectful. american-flag-bikini-13