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VFW post that said NFL players were disrespectful flies tattered flag

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The American flag that recently flew at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post appears tattered. (Credit: KMOV) The American flag that recently flew at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post appears tattered. (Credit: KMOV)
The entrance to VFW post 2866. (Credit: KMOV) The entrance to VFW post 2866. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 2866 in St. Charles announced it would no longer show NFL games at its VFW club because of player protests. Post Commander Paul Schmidt told News 4 that members believe players who kneel during the national anthem were disrespecting the flag.

"The flag means a lot to all of us. We're veterans of foreign wars, our buddies came home wrapped in that flag," Schmidt said.

But a viewer contacted News 4 and pointed out that the flag on display at the entrance to the VFW post is faded and tattered. Flying a torn or tattered flag is considered disrespectful to our nation.

News 4 asked if the post was being hypocritical about the NFL, considering the condition of their own flag. Schmidt said they weren't, and that he didn't know about the poor condition of the flag.

"Well we took it down and replaced it with another one. We've had a lot of wind here the last few days. Apparently, nobody happened to notice it was tattered," Schmidt said.

The flag will be added to other worn-out flags that were dropped off at the VFW post and will be burned in a dignified ceremony in November. 

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