American flag once again outside Belchertown courthouse after local veteran’s outrage

Hampshire County

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A follow up now after a local veteran was upset after he saw no American flag outside the Belchertown courthouse.

The flag is once again flying at the Eastern Hampshire District Courthouse. 

Marine veteran, Gary Aiken was outraged when he didn’t see the American flag flying outside the courthouse in Belchertown Tuesday.

Local veteran upset after seeing no American flag outside Belchertown courthouse

A courthouse worker who asked not to be identified told 22News they do typically fly the flag every day, but were short staffed Tuesday. They said the court officer’s job comes first, and they have a responsibility inside.

One man we spoke to said he is happy to see the flag back up Wednesday. 

“The flag represents our country and what our military fought for it and honor and respect for the people who fought for our country,” said Matthew Laframboise of Granby. “I have many family members who were in the military and served. And if you take it down I find it disrespectful to our country and veterans.”

The U.S. flag is required to be displayed every day of the year, except on days of inclement weather.

The governor is the one who order flags lowered to half-staff to commemorate the passing of notable individuals.

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