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Reno Mayor Apologizes For U.S. Flag Mistakenly Replaced With LGBTQ Flag Over City Hall

| by Nathaly Pesantez

The mayor of Reno, Nev. issued an apology on Monday after a mixup that resulted in an LGBTQ flag replacing the American flag over city hall during the weekend.

Mayor Hillary Schieve requested that the rainbow pride flag be displayed at city hall in celebration of the Northern Nevada Pride event on Saturday, but did not ask for the American flag flying above city hall to be replaced.

"I thought it would hang at the front door of city hall," Schieve said to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Schieve was not aware of the mixup until Sunday, and promptly ordered for the U.S. flag to be put back.

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It was certainly not the city's intention to be disrespectful and never should have happened," Schieve said in a Sunday statement, according to KRNV.

"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," she continued.

In a city council meeting on Monday, Schieve further apologized for the mistake.

"It was not the city's intent to be malicious or disrespectful in any way. It was the city's intent to support equality," she said after stressing that she did not order for the U.S. flag to be taken down on Saturday.

Her office said it was a staff error, but in both apologies, Schieve took full responsibility for the issue.

While the U.S. flag was flying again by Sunday evening, some Reno residents are still outraged that the incident happened in the first place.

"I don't believe that American flag should taken, period, from anywhere," a Reno resident told KRNV. "I don't think it's right."

"It's not right," military veteran Mike Everet said. "You don't put the flag, the American flag, at the bottom. Never."

Lionel Motta of the American Legion said Reno did not violate the 1923 National Flag Code, but says people have a right to be upset over the incident.

"That flag means a lot to a lot of people, and to take that down, and to put it up with an organizational flag to replace that, is insulting," Motta said to KRNV.

To prevent a mistake like Saturday's from happening again, Reno will review its municipal code for flag regulations and establish stringent flag protocols, according to the city.

Sources: Reno Gazette-JournalKRNV (2) (3)

Photo Credit: KRNV