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Mall Reconsiders Flag Ban on Kiddie Train

The Stars and Stripes will once again adorn the kiddie train at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon after mall management rescinded an order banning the American flag.


A few weeks ago mall officials sent a letter to train conductor Thomas Phelps ordering him to remove the flags that decorated the train. The mall called them “unapproved visuals.”

Phelps, a military veteran, refused – and vowed to stand his ground – even if it meant he was fired.

“Why would anybody – anybody not want to see our flag displayed,” told KATU News. “I may be fired. I may be thrown out of the mall but I am not taking it down.”

Phelps said he hoped people would rally around the flag – and that’s exactly what happened. Local media outlets were flooded with hundreds of messages support Phelps.

As a result, mall management has had a change of heart, saying it never intended to offend or cause disrespect.

“We honor, support and respect what the United States flag represents,” the statement read. “The actions and latter that were communicated certainly did not convey that. And for this, we apologize.”

The mall said the American flag would be displayed not only at the kiddie train but at other locations within the mall.

Todd is the author of Dispatches From Bitter America — Culture War Stories from a Gun-toting, Chicken-eating, Son-of-a-Baptist. Click here to get your copy!