- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2015

The City of Reno is apologizing after an American flag that flies atop City Hall downtown was briefly replaced with the LGBT rainbow flag following a gay pride celebration over the weekend.

The American flag was taken down and the LGBT flag raised in its place Sunday morning. The American flag was back up by 9 p.m., a local CBS affiliate reported.

“The city of Reno honors and respects the men and women who serve our country and we apologize to those we may have offended,” the city said in a statement. “While we made an error in not flying the American flag along with the pride flag, when we discovered we were not flying both, we immediately returned to flying the American flag. Neither the mayor nor city council was aware we were not flying the American flag. The city was proud to participate in pride weekend and will continue to celebrate our diverse community.”

Mayor Hillary Schieve also apologized for the mix-up.

“I was alerted tonight that the US flag was not flying over City Hall,” she said in a statement. “I can most certainly see why people would be offended or upset. I did not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that the flag be put back immediately! It was certainly not the city’s intention to be disrespectful and never should have happened.

“I will take full responsibility since I represent this city,” the mayor continued. “I have family members who have served and I know the importance of the ultimate sacrifice they have made for our country. I am very proud to be an American and we should always support our troops and veterans no matter what. I too am offended and there is no excuse for this. Those who have served deserve the highest respect for their service. My sincerest apologies!!!”

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