Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jersey flag burned over Whitney Houston controversy

At Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday, Gov. Christie reportedly got a brief standing ovation -- an expression of appreciation for his controversial decision to order flags in the state lowered to half-staff to mark the New Jerseyan's death.

Jersey flag burned over Whitney Houston controversy

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An American flag flies at half-staff in front of The Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts in East Orange, N.J., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. As a young girl, Houston attended what was known then as the Franklin School. Houston, who ruled as pop music´s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48. (AP Photo / Mel Evans)
An American flag flies at half-staff in front of The Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts in East Orange, N.J., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. As a young girl, Houston attended what was known then as the Franklin School. Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48. (AP Photo / Mel Evans)

At Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday, Gov. Christie reportedly got a brief standing ovation -- an expression of appreciation for his controversial decision to order flags in the state lowered to half-staff to mark the New Jerseyan's death.

But in Michigan, the father of one American soldier killed in Iraq had a different response on Saturday: He went to the store, bought a New Jersey flag, drove by the veterans' park where his son is commemorated and then went home to burn the flag on an outdoor grill.

"I didn't do this to offend the people of New Jersey," John Burri told The Detroit News. "If I did and you're offended, I'm sorry. But I did this because it was wrong and it was to show the governor (of New Jersey) how wrong this was."

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