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The Pavilion Takes Down The American Flag

After a few complaints about how the American flag on the marquee was being mistreated, management took Old Glory off its pole.

In an unceremonious way, management took down the American Flag, , rolled it up into a ball and put it in a plastic bag.

After two weeks of incessant complaints from one man, Jim Rallis, a neighborhood resident and a retired captain of the FDNY’s Ladder Company 122, the theatre finally took it down on Sunday.

An employee climbed a ladder and took the flag off its pole.

“They then placed the flag in a crumbled ball and placed it in a bag and threw it from the marquee,” Rallis wrote to Patch in an E-mail.

He also mentioned that the flag touched the ground multiple times, another violation of US Flag Code.

“What a Disgrace of an operation!!!” Rallis wrote.

There many be other flags that are not treated with the upmost respect and proper etiquette, but proximity is the issue at hand here, on Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Streets, and is why this flag, some say, must be treated properly.

The small section of road where The Pavilion stands was renamed “” after LCpl. Julian T. Brennan, who lived on this street and , on January 24, 2009, after his Humvee ran over a roadside bomb. He died instantly. He was 25. 

Julian’s father, Bill, said how The Pavilion has been treating the flag is a disgrace.

“It’s callous indifference to the veterans who that area is named after, my son included, and others,” Bill said, who still lives in Park Slope with his wife. “And it shows disregard for living veterans.”

Bill said the business needs to be responsible for how their flag is being treated and he is glad to hear that they took it down.

But still, he asked:

“Why have a flag if you’re going to show callous indifference to it?” 

nynewyork. March 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Thank you Park Slope Patrol aka Jim Rallis another great deed you certainly did for the good of the community... ha ha ha. Oh and getting your father to stick up for you? That's cute.
BKallDAY March 06, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Jim Rallis is nothing but a complainer. You fart and he complains just google Jim Rallis park slope and you will see a whole bunch of articles of him and Tom Pendergrast complaining about any little unimportant thing in the neighborhood. Ithink there are a couple of old lonely retired guys that are bored with life! haha
slopegal March 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
So turn the issue around by calling people names, complainers etc. This is typical of what some people do, there is no respect for decent people who just want to have the flag respected. Many men and woman died for our country, some are still in hell holes doing the same all for the country and flag. Would these same people who think so little of what the country/flag means, to fight for it? No I think not We are in big trouble with the mindset of of people, if it came down to fighting for your own life.
Jim Rallis March 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
To nynewyork, while I have thrown no barbs you apparently are proving the point of all of this "people have lost the concept of "Respect" and we apparently have become a society that tolerates it." I think if you re-read the article you may want to retract your comment. As I am due an apology for your wrong comment. I will not fall to your level. I will give you the decency to retract your comment since you have read the article wrong and have jumped to conclusions making wrong assumptions.
Jenny March 06, 2012 at 06:47 PM
i don't think the issue is whether or not people complain. it's the flag. respect has to begin somewhere.
Patti March 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM
OK so now the flag has been removed - the last insult is rolling it in a ball, stuffing it into a plastic bag and throwing it off the roof to the ground. My suggestion to the owner is do not put it up on display again - you do not understand what the flag means to people and how it should be cared for - which is fine - we all have things that are not important enough to know about in depth.
Alex March 07, 2012 at 03:24 AM
And so the Pavilion Theater continues its downward spiral... It started out so well when it first opene,d after so many years of boarded up space of the old Sanders Movie Theater. But, after hearing the "bed bug stories" and now this flag debacle - it's obvious that the place needs not only a physical overhaul but that the management needs some sensitivity training. There are many Park Slope and Windsor Terrace residents who are patriotic and have real understanding of what the American flag means to this country. The Pavilion and its staff should have some respect for this symbol that represents our country and the citizens who fought and died for our freedoms.
Parksloper March 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
If you weren't such an idiot and could read you would have noticed that the father in question is the father of the dead man Julian Brennan who died valiantly in Afghanistan. Now back to your regular cartoon watching.
Parksloper March 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Thank you Jim Rallis, I for one, appreciate what you did. Why fly a flag if you can't treat it with respect. Simple concept but hard for some to comprehend I see.
kathpath@aol.com March 11, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Isn't there a poem that eloquently describes what happens when good people do nothing? "First they came...." this may seem a drastic comparison but the concept is the same. Bravo to the "complainers" because they are the front line to change!
frank berisha March 12, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Because people dont truly understand the importance of a flag, thats why the treatment of the flag dont mean nothing, they put it up to put in up and have no idea what it stands for.
rick sanchez March 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
nice work. nazi extermination of the jewish race and a flag over the pavilion - apt comparison.
rick sanchez March 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
frank, obviously you didn't read kathpath@aol.com's message. she gets it--the pavilion's treatment of that flag is like hitler's treatment of the jews. thank god someone had the courage to stand up to the pavilion before it implemented its final flag solution.
jon coine March 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Rick sanchez you are a douche. Atleast someone did something instead of being a little Puss and posting in comments section.
rick sanchez March 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
so jon, were you the one who 'did something' about the pavilion's sickening treatment of the flag? perhaps by posting a comment here? . . .
Zerubabel Priest March 12, 2012 at 05:42 PM
If my business was flying the flag, I would have taken it down today for very different reasons. The heartless killing of 16 innocent children, women and men by a Military soldier in Afghanistan today is just the latest example of how morally defunct our Military has become in recent years and is just the latest in a series of horrifying and sinful events that have been conducted by members of the Military. Instead of worrying about the treatment of a piece of cloth, how about worrying about the conduct of those who fight under its banner and protecting the values we have long ago abandoned in the Military and here in the USA.
sharkslope March 13, 2012 at 02:25 AM
If the flag is a piece of cloth than you must be a piece of s**t.
Parksloper March 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I bet you couldn't wait to post that attack against our military and flag. I'm quite sure you were silent when those savages murdered our courageous soldiers over a worthless book. All of our great men and women in uniform have performed tremendous acts throughout history with one being giving ignoramuses like yourself the freedom to express yourself.

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