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July 08, 2009

When a Texas hospital supervisor hung a 3' x 5' American flag in an office she shared with others just before Memorial Day, her boss told her she had to remove it because another supervisor found it “offensive.”

Debbie McLucas had hung the flag in tribute to her daughter, a medic in Iraq, as well as to honor the service of her husband, sons, and other veterans. When she told the hospital administration that she questioned the motives of the person who complained, she was told there had been comments from other employees and visitors as well, so the flag had to go. The brass cited that there was already a large American flag flown in front of the hospital that more people could see.

After McLucas's story was carried by the Dallas/Fort Worth CBS11 television station, the hospital started receiving a deluge of angry emails and phone calls from across the country about removing the flag. According to the station, the next day the hospital posted this statement on its website: “The disagreement was over the size of the flag and not what it symbolized. We have invited the employee to put the flag back up.”

McLucas countered that the size of the flag was never mentioned to her when she was told to take it down, but that she was none-the-less happy to put it back up. The hospital indicated that the issue wasn't one of patriotism on its part, but rather a workplace disagreement between two employees that was settled amicably. “I do think they're trying to do the right thing,” McLucas told FoxNews. “I have no reason to believe the flag won't remain there as long as I'm employed.”

Sources: CBS11 and FoxNews

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