I traveled to Payson this past weekend to take my daughters to the Payson Pioneer Cemetery to pay respects to my niece, Rebekah Hodges, who was laid to rest a few weeks ago.
Payson has always been a very patriotic town.As a member of the armed forces and a proud citizen who honors our flag, I was quite disturbed when I arrived at the cemetery.Although it was heartwarming to see our nation's flag flown so proudly throughout the town, I was shocked to see the flag displayed at the cemetery.
In honor of former President Ronald Reagan's passing, all flags around the nation were ordered to be lowered at half-staff for a period of 30 days.The flag at the Pioneer Cemetery was flying at full staff.Although I'm sure this was an oversight, it is not a small oversight, in my opinion.
The flag at the cemetery is dedicated in honor of Payson's and our nation's veterans and service members. There are numerous Payson veterans laying at rest in the Pioneer Cemetery, to include my grandfather, Vernon Haught, and my father, Lee Phillips.
At a time when our country is at war and, at the same time, paying tribute and honor to our former president, this is simply an oversight that cannot be overlooked and I hope the error can be corrected in a very timely fashion.
Kenle V. Phillips, TSgt, USAF, Luke Air Force Base