A Veteran's Memorial in White Settlement Has Only 39 Stars, Which is Causing a (Tiny) Ruckus

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Eventually, once the budget picture is a bit sunnier, the town of White Settlement is going to anchor Veterans Park with a grand memorial wall honoring the country's soldiers. For now, that task is borne by a squat gray monument just south of the pond and a few hundred feet from the outfield fence of the baseball diamond.

It's a handsome enough slab of granite, no more or no less remarkable than any other memorial you'd find in a small-town park. It's etched with the logos of all four branches of the military. There's a nice quote paying homage the the men and women in uniform. At the top is an American flag billowing in an unseen breeze. The problem is, the flag has only 39 stars.

"It's not the American flag," John Baldwin declared to Fox 4. "The point is, we have 50 states. I'm a veteran. It should show 50 states, not 39."

Nor is Baldwin alone. In his piece, Fox 4's Saul Garza refers to "multiple viewers who contacted Fox 4," implying that there is more than one person counting stars at Veterans Park.

"It's barely half of the American flag," Emily Kuszmaul tells Garza, though it might have been less hyperbolic had she replaced "barely half" with "almost 80 percent."

But before you march on down to White Settlement's town hall to decry this slight against America's veterans or, like Baldwin, demand the complete replacement of the $5,000 monument, it's best to hear the city out. They already had an official prepared statement ready and waiting when Unfair Park called this afternoon:

If you simply envision that a three-star vertical column bound by two four-star vertical columns are to the right, under the curled, wind-blown flag, it's accurate. Thirty-nine stars is what you would see.

Jack Bell, the town's public works manager, says he could see why people might be upset if a straight flag happened to be missing 11 stars, but that's not the case.

"The flag is not a straight flag," he says. "It's furled like it's blowing in the wind."

So it is, but anyone who doesn't notice that after what would have to be a careful examination and then takes their concerns to a local news station isn't likely to listen to an unelected bureaucrat.

Here's Garza's report:

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17 comments
Obummer
Obummer

Yo itz otayz byz mez Ya' dig?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Perhaps the city should have taken the time to get it right.  It is always better to have a plan than to make an excuse.  The city's statement appears to be nothing more than an attempt to spin their mistake into other's misperception.  The Flag has 50 stars. Period.

To disregard the concerns of the veterans in whose honor the monument stands is a painful illustration of the arrogance of the city's leadership.

J_A_
J_A_

Haha nice prepared statement. Also worst name for a city ever.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

There was a 39 star flag, but its pattern was different from this, so maybe the explanation washes.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah.

Sam Cavanaugh
Sam Cavanaugh

Maybe the other 11 are behind the fold of the wave? The first three columns of stars are made up of eleven stars, maybe the last three are just not shown from the angle the artist chose to fold it.

Ambelleina Warwillow
Ambelleina Warwillow

Meanwhile, people are starving and being murdered. But by all means, let's get worked up over whether the flag is blowing in the wind or not...

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

Let's all just be grateful that it's not a Confederate flag and move on.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@RTGolden1

Really? I'm surprised that this would offend you, RTG. You generally seem to be the voice of reason in matters such as this.

Go observe a flag flapping in the wind - their artistic interpretation seems to do a reasonable job of depicting that situation. You wouldn't see all of the stars on the blue field as some of them would be out of the line of sight around the "curl" of the flag billowing in the breeze.

Now, you may have a point if you think that artistic representations should only depict the flag as it would appear laid out flat so as to not obscure any of its features, but that seems a little petty, to me.

Their explanation makes perfect sense, I cannot believe that folks are getting so worked up over this - you in particular.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @RTGolden1 I'm not too worked up about it.  A little bit, sure, I am a vet as well and the flag holds an important and personal meaning for me.  I am more upset at the cavalier dismissal of veterans' concerns by the city than I am about the representation of the flag.

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