State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today addressed a passionate group of military veterans, first responders and families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty at the Capitol during a rally to support his plan encouraging businesses to show patriotism by honoring fallen heroes.
At the “Let the Flags Fly” celebration, Wentworth outlined his proposal ensuring businesses would not be prohibited from displaying signs or flags commemorating military heroes, police officers, firefighters and first responders who were killed in the line of duty. The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved the measure on Dec. 4, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.
“We are gathered here today as Michiganders and Americans, to come together in one voice declaring the sacrifices of the fallen men and women of the military and public safety will never be forgotten,” said Wentworth, who chairs the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “That’s the symbolism these flags represent. We are here in recognition of the fact freedom doesn’t come free. The sacrifice made to preserve our freedoms by our brave veterans and community safety officials should be honored and cherished – not regulated and prohibited.”
The measure addresses a few recent incidents where job providers have been forced to remove signage or flags due to local ordinances, or pay fines for refusing to cooperate.
“This plan is about protecting the story behind these flags and what they mean to family members and friends of the fallen,” Wentworth said. “When we start taking down flags that commemorate service members killed in the line of duty, what kind of message does that send to that family? When it comes to patriotic, commemorative displays of our communities’ fallen patriots, these flags serve as important reminders to the public as well.”
Rep. Wentworth thanked Johnny Brann, a business owner who has been cited over the display of flags commemorating local community heroes who left behind a grateful town, city, state and country. Brann and his relentless patriotism – refusing to take down the flags – inspired Wentworth to introduce the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act.
“Johnny has been the epitome of integrity and kindness,” Wentworth said. “His respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and his sense of resolve when facing an enormous amount of pressure, do not go unnoticed. I would like to thank Johnny for his tireless efforts. The sacrifices of the many selfless patriots will never be forgotten. Not on my watch, and certainly not on Johnny’s watch.”
House Bill 6063 is pending in the Senate.
Photo Information: State Rep. Jason Wentworth addresses military veterans, first responders and families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty at the Capitol during a Thursday rally to support his plan encouraging businesses to show patriotism by honoring fallen heroes.
Photo Information: State Rep. Jason Wentworth (left) and state Rep. Tommy Brann (right) present job provider Johnny Brann with a special tribute for his patriotism and respect for honoring the fallen heroes of our Armed Forces and public safety officials during the “Let the Flags Fly” rally at the Capitol on Thursday.