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“The flag was tossed right into a nook in the course of the ceremony honoring Daniel Romanchuk, 20, who set a brand new file for an American along with his successful time within the males’s wheelchair race on the Boston Marathon,” WCVB-TV reported.
Romanchuk additionally was the youngest to win the race with a time of 1:21:36 and the primary American to take action since 1993, based on USA Immediately.
The athlete had the flag draped over his shoulders till an award presenter eliminated it and positioned it on the ground for the ceremony.
Social media lit up with harsh response to the shortage of respect proven to the flag, even because the Star Spangled Banner performed in the course of the ceremony.
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📹♿️🇺🇸MEN’S WHEELCHAIR WINNER📹♿️🇺🇸@Illinois_Alma alum Daniel Romanchuk receives his #BostonMarathon winner’s wreath and trophy whereas The Nationwide Anthem is performed in #Boston #WBZ #BostonStrong #BostonMarathon @bostonmarathon pic.twitter.com/8mkKTA9S4E
— Scott Sullivan (@SliceOfSully) April 15, 2019
In response to the U.S. flag code, the Stars and Stripes ought to by no means contact the bottom.
One Twitter person who recognized himself as a U.S. Military solider tweeted, “Whereas I all the time applaud the dedication it takes to even compete in a marathon, it is a actual disgrace to haven’t one particular person discover that the flag of our nation mendacity in a heap within the nook of the stage.”
An Military veteran wrote, “Seeing this American flag on the bottom on the Boston Marathon yesterday is simply horrible. We should respect our flag at ALL occasions.”
Boston WCVB-TV information anchor Doug Meehan was extra direct, tweeting, “Hey – whoever is on the Boston marathon end line – decide the American flag up off the bottom!”
Seeing this American flag on the bottom on the Boston Marathon yesterday is simply horrible. We should respect our flag at ALL occasions. (picture cred: @AP Photograph/Winslow Townson) pic.twitter.com/KatzIQrbJr
— Karson Tager (@karsonwithak) April 16, 2019
Cambridge, Massachusetts performing hearth chief Gerry Mahoney agreed, writing, “@BAA you ought to be ashamed of the conduct of your employees permitting an American Flag to put on the bottom! Particularly with the tragic historical past surrounding the Boston Marathon!”
@BAA you ought to be ashamed of the conduct of your employees permitting an American Flag to put on the bottom! Particularly with the tragic historical past surrounding the Boston Marathon!
— Gerry Mahoney (@GerryMahoney) April 15, 2019
The Boston Athletic Affiliation apologized “sincerely” for the error and promised by no means to repeat it sooner or later.
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“We’re reviewing our Awards protocol to make sure that this doesn’t occur once more,” Chief Working Officer Jack Fleming stated in a press release.
“The Boston Marathon has been an American custom for greater than a century and we take satisfaction within the ardour and dedication that individuals, spectators, and volunteers from all over the world show at our annual occasion,” he added.
“Our flag is a logo of freedom, unity, and neighborhood spirit — all of that are virtues that the Boston Athletic Affiliation helps.”
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