Flag Tribute Draws Criticism from Opelika Workers

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A flag tribute for three Michelin employees who were aboard the Air France Flight that went down over the Atlantic has drawn criticism from some workers at Opelika's BFGoodrich plant.

The plant, owned by Michelin, is to close in October.

Flags located at Michelin facilities around the world are being flown at half-staff through Friday in tribute to the three who died, including President of Michelin South America Luis Roberto Anastacio.

BFGoodrich employee Al Prickett thinks the move shows disrespect
for the American flag and it would be more appropriate to fly a French flag at half-staff. He said employees at the Opelika plant have had family members fight and die in Afghanistan and Iraq and the plant did not fly the American flag at half-staff for them.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by joe Location: daleville on Jun 7, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    A valid point. Whether on business or as tourists, their deaths, albeit tragic, do not merit a flag being flown at half-staff. That honor is reserved for dignitaries and public servants (READ: Fallen Soldiers.) it appears a subtle trick by a foreign nation to bypass our rules for the nation's flag.
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