Soldier's Dad Angry Over Flag Lowering For Whitney Houston

Governor Chris Christie called for New Jersey's flags to fly at half staff on Saturday to honor Whitney Houston. The father of a soldier who died in Iraq is angry about it and decided to burn a state flag in protest.

According to NBC affiliate WOOD, John Burri's son Eric was killed in 2005. Although he lives in Michigan, Burri says Christie's decision to lower the flag for an entertainer diminishes the honor.

As a protest, Burri burned New Jersey's state flag in his yard.

Michigan flags were lowered to show respect for his son and other soldiers, and Burri says that's how it should be.

Burri says, "She was a great singer, that's true, I won't deny that, but lowering the flag is for somebody that has given their life in service to their country."


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  • by Jimbo Location: Narnia on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    I think New Jersey crack addicts should hit their pipes at half mass.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    you gotta love the racists who say nobody would have a prob if it was a white celebrity... fact is she was a drug abusing has been,,,, we have soldiers protecting our rights... she squandered her talent up her nose... they put on a gun & stand between us and evil... get over your racist self and thank those who wear the uniform
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      by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM in reply to
      Take your flag waving rhetoric nonsense elsewhere.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 04:33 AM in reply to
        if you dont like the flag.. the use your welfare check to finance a 1 way trip somewhere else
  • by its me Location: nj on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM
    Get over It. It doesn't even matter. It is what it is. So what the Governor lowered the (state) flag not the American flag why so jealous. Your son isn't from NJ so why get upset. I tell you people will do anything to get seen. If it was a white celebrity I bet there wouldn't be this much comotion. About Whitney, Yeah she had a bad side, who don't. Half of yall thats posting all this mess are probably in the same boat. Yeah you hide behind this computer screen pretending to be all perfect and what not. Nobody's perfect not even me. So just let her rest in peace. And go get some business of your own and leave New Jersey Business alone. Please and Thank You. Straight Like that!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 at 09:03 PM in reply to its me
      Learn to write properly and stay in NJ. "who don't" sounds like typical ghetto talk.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:39 PM
    Question why do some of "our heroes" as you call them when they are white get honors and others don't(blacks). I know alot of veterans who barely have anything and some of them can't get jobs or disability. Now this nothing of a man wants to complain. His son did get honored.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 07:10 AM in reply to
      Put the race card down, Jesse.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to
      I think he did. What he needed to do was to take it out of the deck. I don't believe anyone would have had anything different to say had it been a black soldier.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    What do this story have to do with North Carolina? Just a fat racist slob trying to stir up drama along with the racist slobs of ENC. They honored his son so why is crying.
  • by Jamar LaDon Cotton Location: United States on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    A governor may order his/her state flag to be lowered in respect of state officials or a resident. Whitney Houston, a resident of New Jersey received the same respect as Tennessee's resident, Elvis Presley. This honor was given to each of them not because of the military or civic service to their country, but to honor them as individuals, popular heroes, and their contribution to the culture of these United States of America.
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      by 2ndStPirate on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM in reply to Jamar LaDon Cotton
      I believe Whitney said it best in her 2002 interview with ABC: "Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. OK? We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack." Hopefully the state of NJ will continue to honor her by erecting a statue of her in front of the capital building and etching this profound statement of inspiration to the youth of their state on the base of the statue.
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        by Anon on Feb 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to 2ndStPirate
        Right next to the statue of the town drunk.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 02:31 PM in reply to Anon
          I say the Whitney Houston statue should go in the middle between statues of the town drunk and the cast of Jersey Shore.
  • by sandra thompson Location: north carolina on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    I do not blame anyone for being upset over this. Whitney was a singer/actress, not a war hero or president. This is carrying things a little too far.
  • by Natalie Nicole Location: Jenkintown Pa on Feb 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
    When was it said that only slain soldiers should have flags lowered? People die... historic people, famous people important people ect. But special things are done for those who have accomplished great things in their lives, no matter what those things are. She deserved her hometowns flag lowered in her honor. It was a tragedy as all deaths usually are and her family friends and fans are in a great deal of pain. How dare you utter words of disrespect during their time if grief. My father was a retired war vet and police officer turned lawyer and when he was murdered he didn't even have a
    Proper burial. I'm sure your son was a great man and soldier however what the state of new jersey does for it's Celebrity Natives has nothing to do with the honoring of your son. You seem to have just wanted publicity. So sad and shame on you for exploiting your son this way.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:33 AM in reply to Natalie Nicole
      She was a crackhead. Plain and simple. She threw all of her talent and wealth away on drugs. It is documented that she smoked crack in front of her child. This state chose to honor someone like this more than a fallen soldier. That is the problem and the problem with America today!
  • by YaYa Location: ENC on Feb 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    The decision was made in NJ, home of Whitney, by the Govenor of NJ. Get over it. Perhaps this man should be arrested for burning a NJ flag. Flags are flown at half mast for many people, not just soldiers. Apparently the "gentleman" wanted his 15 minutes of fame.
  • by Ryan Location: USA on Feb 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    I personally think we should lower the flag every time a drug addict dies....(Note sarcasm NOW) I don’t think Whitney was leading or helping anything except a drug addicted/ destructive life. She was a singer not a hero, she didn’t lay her life down in the battle field, it was in a bath tub.... From an overdose. And here come the OBJECTIONS!!!
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