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Archived News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2002
CONTACT: Angela Rushen
Media and Communications
909.413.3053

American Flags at city intersections
to fly between May and September

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The City of Moreno Valley is limiting the amount of time American Flags will be on display at selected city intersections. Flags will fly at city intersections only between May 15 and September 15, so that they will not be tattered by winter winds.

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Councilmember Bonnie Flickinger, who served as mayor at the time, requested the flag display as a symbol of unity and to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks. The flags were mounted on traffic signal poles at various Moreno Valley intersections and exposed to the elements 24-hours a day for several weeks. The flags began to show signs of wear and several citizens contacted the city to express their concerns.

"Proper display of the flag includes flying it in good condition. Limiting the duration of the display preserves the dignity of this symbol of democracy and freedom," Councilmember Flickinger said.

Beginning May 15, 2003, the flags will be mounted on traffic signal poles at the intersections of Sunnymead and Frederick, Sunnymead and Heacock, Sunnymead and Perris, Alessandro and Frederick, Alessandro and Heacock, and Alessandro and Perris.

For more information, please contact the Media and Communications Office at 413.3053.