After the Yarnell Fire took the lives of 19 young Arizona heroes, the flags flew at half staff for 19 days to show respect for the young men who lost their lives protecting property and others from the flames. Tears would often fill my eyes and my heart would ache; thankful at the same time that my son and his firefighting family locally here in Globe were all safe and sound.
I then one day became quite angered and my heart filled with pain and disbelief when I noticed that once again the Globe Education Center, Gila County Regional School District #49, had disgraced the town of Globe, Gila County and the United States. The flag at the school was once again not being flown properly. It flies at the school around the clock and in the dark it is lit only by the moon.
The thought of our local firefighters driving by with sirens blaring and seeing this disgraceful action of the flag not being flown at half staff in respect for those who lost their lives angered me and broke my heart. There was no respect shown by this school district for those who have given their all or for the brothers of these men — our own local fire crews.
They had 19 days to remember; 19 days like me to remember the loss felt by Arizona and this country and the 19 lives taken. Nineteen days to fix this issue and never once did it cross the minds of Dr. Linda O'Dell, Gila County school superintendent, Principal Carol Moore or any other employee of the school.
After showing multiple times that they have no respect for the United States flag, I believe they should remove it from their pole in shame, never to raise it there again without the respect it deserves.
To the families of the fallen firefighters, I am truly sorry for the disrespect you and your loved ones have been shown here. To the firefighters of the community, I am sorry for the loss of your brother firefighters and the discourteous nature shown to you from the county education center.
To the Globe Education Center, I hope you are shamed beyond belief that you remove your flag and find it in your hearts to apologize to the families of the Yarnell 19, our local firefighters, every local veteran and the community for this disgraceful action.